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orchis

[awr-kis] /ˈɔr kɪs/
noun
1.
any orchid.
2.
any of various terrestrial orchids, especially of the genus Orchis, of temperate regions, having spikelike flowers.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin < Greek órchis testicle, plant with roots like testicles
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  • Rare species include small round-leaved orchis, sparse-flowered sedge, and northern bog sedge.
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orchis

/ˈɔːkɪs/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek orkhis testicle; so called from the shape of its roots
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orchis in Medicine

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

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