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Definition of "orchid" []

  • A member of the orchid family. (noun)
  • The flower of any of these plants, especially one cultivated for ornament. (noun)
  • A pale to light purple, from grayish to purplish pink to strong reddish purple. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "orchid" in a sentence
  • "(The word "orchid" comes from the Greek word "orkhis," or testicle, which the plant's roots resemble.)"
  • "I heard that the astronauts can see this particular orchid from the space shuttle, they are * that* bright ..."
  • "The Tower of Babylon rose through the veil of transplanted jungle foliage and piped-in orchid scent to scrape a desert sky burned almost colorless by the Nevada sun."