Definition of orchid noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɔːkɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrkɪd//
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a plant with brightly coloured flowers of unusual shapes. There are many different types of orchid and some of them are very rare. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from modern Latin Orchid(ac)eae, formed irregularly from Latin orchis, based on Greek orkhis, literally ‘testicle’ (with reference to the shape of its tuber).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: orchid