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orchidaceous

[awr-ki-dey-shuh s] /ˌɔr kɪˈdeɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
belonging to the plant family Orchidaceae.
Compare orchid family.
Origin of orchidaceous
1830-1840
1830-40; < New Latin Orchidace(ae) (see orchid, -aceae) + -ous
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  • The dark, damp wilderness is favorable to some of these orchidaceous plants, though they are too delicate for cultivation.

    The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau
  • Monsieur St. Leger, nettled, sent some dried flowers for a testimony; but the mind of the orchidaceous public was made up.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • Many of our orchidaceous plants absolutely require the visits of moths to remove their pollen-masses and thus to fertilise them.

  • The tree trunks and branches were rich in symbiotic life, with ferns, lianas, and orchidaceous plants of many species.

  • Here and there the bright flowers of some orchidaceous plant ornamented their summits, or hung down from their boughs.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for orchidaceous

orchidaceous

/ˌɔːkɪˈdeɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Orchidaceae, a family of flowering plants including the orchids
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