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bird's-nest orchid

noun
1.
a brown parasitic Eurasian orchid, Neottia nidus-avis, whose thick fleshy roots resemble a bird's nest and contain a fungus on which the orchid feeds
2.
a parasitic Eurasian plant, Monotropa hypopitys, whose thick fleshy roots resemble a bird's nest and contain a fungus on which the plant feeds: family Monotropaeceae
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Encyclopedia Article for bird's-nest orchid

(Neottia nidus-avis), European plant of the family Orchidaceae that lacks chlorophyll and obtains its food from decaying organic material with the help of mycorrhizae. Its numerous pale brown flowers are borne on a leafless spike. The short, underground stem and the mass of roots that resembles a bird's nest store food until about the ninth year, when the plant first blooms

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