an orchid; specif., any of a genus (Orchis
) with small purplish or white flowers growing
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Word origin of 'orchis'ModL < L, orchid < Gr, orchid, lit., testicle (< IE base *orĝhi- > Lith aržùs, lustful): from the shape of the roots