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phalaenopsis

[fal-uh-nop-sis] /ˌfæl əˈnɒp sɪs/
noun, plural phalaenopsis.
1.
any of various epiphytic orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis, native to tropical Asia, having clusters of showy, variously colored flowers.
Also called moth orchid.
Origin of phalaenopsis
< New Latin (1825), equivalent to Greek phál(l)ain(a) moth + -opsis -opsis; reflecting the popular name moth orchid
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