from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the orchid family.
- n. The flower of any of these plants, especially one cultivated for ornament.
- n. A pale to light purple, from grayish to purplish pink to strong reddish purple.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a plant of the orchid family, bearing unusually-shaped flowers of beautiful colours.
- n. a light bluish-red, violet-red or purple colour.
- adj. having a light purple colour.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any plant of the order Orchidaceæ. See orchidaceous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any plant of the natural order Orchideæ; an orchidaceous plant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
From New Latin Orchideae, family name, from Latin orchis, a kind of orchid, from Greek orkhis, testicle, orchid (from the shape of its tubers).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin orchis, from Ancient Greek ὄρχις (orkhis, "orchid, testicle") (Wiktionary)