orchis

[awr-kis]
noun
1.
any orchid.
2.
any of various terrestrial orchids, especially of the genus Orchis, of temperate regions, having spikelike flowers.

Origin:
1555–65; < Latin < Greek órchis testicle, plant with roots like testicles

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orchis (ˈɔːkɪs)
 
n
1.  any terrestrial orchid of the N temperate genus Orchis, having fleshy tubers and spikes of typically pink flowers
2.  any of various temperate or tropical orchids of the genus Habenaria, such as the fringed orchis
 
[C16: via Latin from Greek orkhis testicle; so called from the shape of its roots]

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orchis or·chis (ôr'kĭs)
n.
See testis.

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Rare species include small round-leaved orchis, sparse-flowered sedge, and northern bog sedge.
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