from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of low terrestrial orchids, with a creeping root-stock and a tuft of basal leaves, the stem bearing a spike of small white flowers.

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  • noun genus of small orchids of the northern hemisphere with creeping rhizomes and stalked ovate leaves and small flowers


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