"I found it completely riveting," said Susan Orlean, author of The orchid Thief.
On my kitchen windowsill (yes, I have a windowed kitchen, my first ever), are four orchid plants.
Treated in this way, orchid flowers will last for weeks instead of days.
Daintily swinging, like clustered pearls, were the petals of the orchid.
For, as the orchid Hunter pointed out, in order to save life, one must sustain it.
Who shall claim to know his orchid who knows not its insect sponsor?
But Harriet Field had never had an orchid before from a man.
How are we to know that this blossom which we plucked is an orchid?
Over her shoulder the last dropping redness of the sun vanished and plunged the room into orchid twilight.
Angræcum, orchid of Madagascar, with nectary eleven inches long, 219.
1845, introduced by John Lindley in "School Botanty," from Modern Latin Orchideæ (Linnaeus), the plant's family name, from Latin orchis, a kind of orchid, from Greek orkhis (genitive orkheos) "orchid," literally "testicle," from PIE *orghi-, the standard root for "testicle" (cf. Avestan erezi "testicles," Armenian orjik, Middle Irish uirgge, Irish uirge "testicle," Lithuanian erzilas "stallion"). The plant so called because of the shape of its root. Earlier in English in Latin form, orchis (1560s), and in Middle English it was ballockwort (c.1300; see ballocks). Marred by extraneous -d- in an attempt to extract the Latin stem.