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Definition of the noun orchid

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noun - plural: orchids

  1. any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
    • example: We saw a beautiful orchid with deciduous leaves.
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • synonym of orchid: orchidaceous plant
    • more generic word: flower = a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
    • more specific terms:
      • orchis = any of various deciduous terrestrial orchids having fleshy tubers and flowers in erect terminal racemes
      • aerides = any orchid of the genus Aerides
      • angrecum = any of various spectacular orchids of the genus Angraecum having dark green leathery leaves and usually nocturnally scented white or ivory flowers
      • jewel orchid = any of several delicate Asiatic orchids grown especially for their velvety leaves with metallic white or gold veining
      • Aplectrum hyemale / adam-and-eve / puttyroot = North American orchid bearing a single leaf and yellowish-brown flowers
      • arethusa = any of several bog orchids of the genus Arethusa having 1 or 2 showy flowers
      • bletia = any of various orchids of the genus Bletia having pseudobulbs and erect leafless racemes of large purple or pink flowers
      • Bletilla striata / Bletia striata = Japanese orchid with white-striped leaves and slender erect racemes of rose to magenta flowers; often cultivated
      • brassavola = any of various tropical American orchids with usually solitary fleshy leaves and showy white to green nocturnally fragrant blossoms solitary or in racemes of up to 7
      • Brassia lawrenceana / spider orchid = South American orchid with spiderlike pale-yellow to pale-green flowers
      • Brassia verrucosa / spider orchid = Central American orchid having spiderlike flowers with prominent green warts
      • caladenia = any of various orchids of the genus Caladenia
      • calanthe = any of various showy orchids of the genus Calanthe having white or yellow or rose-colored flowers and broad leaves folded lengthwise
      • Calopogon pulchellum / Calopogon tuberosum / grass pink = an orchid
      • Calypso bulbosa / fairy-slipper / calypso = rare north temperate bog orchid bearing a solitary white to pink flower marked with purple at the tip of an erect reddish stalk above 1 basal leaf
      • Catasetum macrocarpum / jumping orchid = orchid having both male and female flowers in the same raceme
      • cattleya = any orchid of the genus Cattleya characterized by a three-lobed lip enclosing the column
      • helleborine = any of several orchids of the genus Cephalanthera
      • funnel-crest rosebud orchid / Cleistes divaricata / Pogonia divaricata / spreading pogonia = orchid of northeastern United States with magenta-pink flowers having funnel-shaped lip
      • Cleistes rosea / rosebud orchid / Pogonia rosea = orchid of central and northern South America having 1- to 3-blossomed racemes of large showy rose-colored flowers
      • Coeloglossum bracteatum / satyr orchid = orchid with broad ovate leaves and long-bracted green very irregular flowers
      • Coeloglossum viride / frog orchid = orchid having hooded long-bracted green to yellow-green flowers suffused with purple
      • coelogyne = any of various orchids of the genus Coelogyne with: clusters of fragrant lacy snow-white flowers; salmon-pink solitary flowers; chainlike racemes of topaz and chocolate brown flowers; spikes of delicate white spice-scented flowers
      • coral root = a wildflower of the genus Corallorhiza growing from a hard mass of rhizomes associated with a fungus that aids in absorbing nutrients from the forest floor
      • helmet orchid / helmetflower = any of several orchids of the genus Coryanthes having racemes of a few musky-scented waxy flowers with a helmet-shaped lip process
      • swan orchid / swan-flower / swanflower / swan-neck / swanneck = any of several orchids of the genus Cycnoches having slender arching columns of flowers suggesting the neck of a swan
      • cymbidium / cymbid = any of various plants of the genus Cymbidium having narrow leaves and a long drooping cluster of numerous showy and variously colored boat-shaped flowers
      • cypripedia = a plant or flower of the genus Cypripedium
      • ladies' slipper / lady's slipper / lady's-slipper / slipper orchid / lady slipper / lady-slipper = any of several chiefly American wildflowers having an inflated pouchlike lip
      • marsh orchid = any of several orchids of the genus Dactylorhiza having fingerlike tuberous roots
      • Dactylorhiza maculata fuchsii / common spotted orchid / Dactylorhiza fuchsii = European orchid having lanceolate leaves spotted purple and pink to white or mauve flowers spotted or lined deep red or purple
      • dendrobium = a plant of the genus Dendrobium having stems like cane and usually showy racemose flowers
      • disa = any orchid of the genus Disa; beautiful orchids with dark green leaves and usually hooded flowers
      • Eburophyton austinae / phantom orchid / snow orchid = waxy white nearly leafless plant with stems in clusters and racemes of white flowers
      • Cattleya citrina / Encyclia citrina / tulip orchid = Mexican epiphytic orchid with glaucous grey-green leaves and lemon- to golden-yellow flowers appearing only partially opened
      • Epidendrum tampense / Encyclia tampensis / butterfly orchid = orchid of Florida and the Bahamas having showy brightly colored flowers
      • Epidendrum venosum / butterfly orchid / butterfly orchis / Encyclia venosa = Mexican epiphytic orchid having pale green or yellow-green flowers with white purple-veined lip
      • epidendron = any of various orchids of the genus Epidendrum
      • helleborine = any of various orchids of the genus Epipactis
      • tongue-flower / tongueflower = orchid having blue to purple flowers with tongue-shaped or strap-shaped protuberances (calli) at the lip base
      • rattlesnake plantain / helleborine = any of several small temperate and tropical orchids having mottled or striped leaves and spikes of small yellowish-white flowers in a twisted raceme
      • Gymnadenia conopsea / fragrant orchid = European orchid having dense spikes of fragrant pink or lilac or red flowers with conspicuous spurs
      • short-spurred fragrant orchid / Gymnadenia odoratissima = similar to Gymnadenia conopsea but with smaller flowers on shorter stems and having much shorter spurs
      • fringed orchid / fringed orchis = any of several summer-flowering American orchids distinguished by a fringed or lacerated lip
      • frog orchid = any of several green orchids of the genus Habenaria
      • rein orchid / rein orchis = any of several American wildflowers with a kidney-shaped lip
      • Hexalectris spicata / crested coral root = orchid with yellowish-brown flowers with dark veins
      • Hexalectris warnockii / Texas purple spike = orchid with slender nearly leafless reddish-brown stems with loose racemes of reddish-brown flowers
      • Himantoglossum hircinum / lizard orchid = an orchid of the genus Himantoglossum
      • laelia = any of various spectacular plants of the genus Laelia having showy flowers in many colors
      • liparis = an orchid of the genus Liparis having few leaves and usually fairly small yellow-green or dull purple flowers in terminal racemes
      • twayblade = an orchid of the genus Liparis having a pair of leaves
      • Liparis loeselii / fen orchid / fen orchis = small terrestrial orchid of eastern North America and Europe having two nearly basal leaves and dull yellow-green racemose flowers
      • Listera convallarioides / broad-leaved twayblade = small orchid with two elliptic leaves and a slender raceme of small green flowers
      • lesser twayblade / Listera cordata = orchid having two triangular leaves and a short lax raceme of green to rust-colored flowers with the lip flushed mauve
      • Listera ovata / twayblade = orchid having a pair of ovate leaves and a long slender raceme of green flowers sometimes tinged red-brown
      • Malaxis ophioglossoides / green adder's mouth / Malaxis-unifolia = North American orchid having a solitary leaf and flowers with threadlike petals
      • masdevallia = any of numerous orchids of the genus Masdevallia
      • maxillaria = any of numerous orchids of the genus Maxillaria often cultivated for their large brilliantly colored solitary flowers
      • pansy orchid = any of various orchids of the genus Miltonia having solitary or loosely racemose showy broadly spreading flowers
      • odontoglossum = any of numerous and diverse orchids of the genus Odontoglossum having racemes of few to many showy usually large flowers in many colors
      • dancing lady orchid / butterfly orchid / butterfly plant / oncidium = any orchid of the genus Oncidium: characterized by slender branching sprays of small yellow and brown flowers
      • Ophrys apifera / bee orchid = European orchid whose flowers resemble bumble bees in shape and color
      • Ophrys insectifera / Ophrys muscifera / fly orchid = European orchid whose flowers resemble flies
      • spider orchid = any of several European orchids of the genus Ophrys
      • Venus's slipper / Venus' slipper / Venus's shoe = any of various orchids of the genus Paphiopedilum having slender flower stalks bearing 1 to several waxy flowers with pouchlike lips
      • phaius = an orchid of the genus Phaius having large plicate leaves and racemes of showy flowers
      • moth orchid / moth plant = any of various orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis having often drooping glossy broad obovate or oval leaves usually dark green flushed purple or mottled grey and silver
      • rattlesnake orchid = any of various orchids of the genus Pholidota having numerous white to brown flowers in spiraling racemes clothed in slightly inflated bracts and resembling a rattlesnake's tail
      • lesser butterfly orchid / Platanthera bifolia / Habenaria bifolia = south European orchid having fragrant greenish-white flowers
      • greater butterfly orchid / Platanthera chlorantha / Habenaria chlorantha = south European orchid with dark green flowers that are larger and less fragrant than Platanthera bifolia
      • prairie white-fringed orchid / Platanthera leucophea = of central North America
      • tangle orchid = an orchid of the genus Plectorrhiza having tangled roots and long wiry stems bearing lax racemes of small fragrant green flowers
      • Indian crocus = any of several dwarf orchids of the genus Pleione bearing one or two solitary white or pink to magenta or occasionally yellow flowers with slender stalks
      • pleurothallis = any of numerous small tufted orchids of the genus Pleurothallis having leathery to fleshy leaves and racemes of 1 to many small flowers
      • pogonia = any hardy bog orchid of the genus Pogonia: terrestrial orchids having slender rootstocks and erect stems bearing one or a few leaves and a solitary terminal flower
      • butterfly orchid = any orchid of the genus Psychopsis: spectacular large tiger-striped orchids
      • helmet orchid / greenhood = any of numerous orchids of the genus Pterostylis having leaves in a basal rosette and green flowers often striped purple or brown or red with the dorsal sepal incurved to form a hood
      • foxtail orchid = any of various orchids of the genus Rhyncostylis having pink- to purple-marked white flowers in a dense cylindrical raceme
      • orange-blossom orchid / Sarcochilus falcatus = diminutive Australian orchid with loose racemes of fragrant white flowers with purple and orange markings on the lip
      • sobralia = any of various showy orchids of the genus Sobralia having leafy stems and bright-colored solitary or racemose flowers similar to those of genus Cattleya
      • ladies' tresses / lady's tresses = an orchid of the genus Spiranthes having slender often twisted spikes of white flowers
      • stanhopea = any of various orchids of the genus Stanhopea having a single large leaf and loose racemes of large fragrant flowers of various colors
      • stelis = any of various small tropical American orchids of the genus Stelis having long slender racemes of numerous small to minute flowers
      • fly orchid = any of several dwarf creeping orchids with small bizarre insect-like hairy flowers on slender stalks
      • vanda = any of numerous showy orchids of the genus Vanda having many large flowers in loose racemes
      • vanilla = any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant white or green or topaz flowers
    • parts:
      • mentum = a projection below the mouth of certain mollusks that resembles a chin
      • mentum = a projection like a chin formed by the sepals and base of the column in some orchids
    • member of: family Orchidaceae / orchid family / Orchidaceae = enormous cosmopolitan family of perennial terrestrial or epiphytic plants with fleshy tubers or rootstocks and unusual flowers

Definition of the adjective orchid

What does orchid mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. (colour) having a light purple colour.


Orchid is a town in Indian River County, Florida, United States. The population was 140 at the 2000 census and was the 9th highest-income place in the United States. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 292. It is ranked sixth in Florida locations by per capita income. Orchid is part of the Sebastian–Vero Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  1. Orchid was a screamo band from Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. Considered by many to be one of the pioneers of the "screamo" sound, Orchid combined this with a post-modern aesthetic, releasing several extended play and splits as well as three LPs. The band consisted of Jayson Green as lead vocalist, drummer Jeffrey Salane, guitarist Will Killingsworth and bassist Geoff Garlock.
  2. Orchid are an American heavy metal band founded in San Francisco, California in 2007. The band consists of Theo Mindell, Mark Thomas Baker, Keith Nickel and Carter Kennedy. They are named after the Black Sabbath song of the same name.
  3. Orchid is a musical group.
    • albums: "Весть Минувшего", "Das Syndrom der Einsamkeit"
  4. Orchid is a black metal band from Italy.
    • album: "Monumento suicida"

There are other groups with in their name, like Dark Orchid, Orchid Star, Wild Orchid, Black Orchid, Salem Orchid, Crimson Orchid, Orchid Visions, Orchid Ensemble and The Orchid Pool.


Orchid is a record label.


  1. Orchid is a fictional character, a mutant in the Marvel Comics Universe. Her first appearance was in X-Statix #1.
  2. Orchid is a fictional character from the 2012 comedy film Passing Harold Blumenthal.
  3. Orchid is a fictional character from the film "The Wicked City".
  4. Orchid is a fictional character in the 2011 comedy film High Road.
  5. Orchid is a fictional character from the 1989 film Intimate Power.

There are other characters with in their name, like Black Orchid.


  1. "Orchid" is the debut album by Swedish heavy metal band Opeth, released on May 15, 1995 in Europe by Candlelight Records, and on June 24, 1997 in the United States by Century Black. It was reissued in 2000 with one bonus track called "Into the Frost of Winter", an early unproduced rehearsal recording by the band. The recording sessions occurred at the old Unisound studio, in Finspång, between March and April 1994. Opeth produced alongside Dan Swanö. The band did not record a demo to get signed to a record label. Lee Barrett, the founder of Candlelight Records, enjoyed an Opeth rehearsal tape, and decided to sign the band. The album was well-received critically, even being called "unique".
  2. "Orchid" is a musical album of Shao Rong.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  3. "Orchid" is a musical EP of Orchid.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  4. "Orchid" is a musical album of Ishq.
    • also known as Fluid Earth
    • released in (13 years ago)


  1. "Orchid" is an artwork (photogravure) by Robert Mapplethorpe, begun in (29 years ago).
    • media: photogravure
  2. "Orchid" is an artwork by Watanabe Kazan.


  1. Orchid is a bright rich purple color that is a representation of the color of the orchidaceae flower.
  2. Orchid is a British charity which funds research into the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of prostate, penile and testicular cancer and promotes awareness about these diseases. It was set up in 1996 by former testicular cancer sufferer, Colin Osborne.
  3. ORCHID is a 2013 Telly Award winning ad, created by aka NYC.
    • award: - Telly Award for Local TV & Local Cable Commercial - Entertainment, received by aka NYC

Phrases with Orchid

  1. orchid tree
  2. bee orchid
  3. Bog Orchid
  4. Bog-Orchid
  5. Cup Orchid
  6. fen orchid
  7. fly orchid
  8. Jug Orchid
  9. Urn Orchid
  10. blue orchid
  11. Crab Orchid
  12. Crow Orchid
  13. frog orchid
  14. King Orchid
  15. Lady Orchid
  16. Lime Orchid
  17. Monk Orchid
  18. moth orchid
  19. rein orchid
  20. snow orchid

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Google previewThe Best American Poetry 2014 (2014)

by David Lehman, Terrance Hayes

crickety world and how ridiculous to be given one in the first place, to be an object like an orchid is an object, or a stone, so bruisable and plummeting, arms waving from the evening-ignited lake, head singing in the furnace feral and sweet , ...

Google previewI Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie (2013)

by Roger Ebert

Wild Orchid is an erotic film, plain and simple. It cannot be read in any other way. There is no other purpose for its existence. Its story is absurd, and even its locale was chosen primarily for its travelogue value; this movie no more needs to take ...

Google previewHow to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Personal and Executive Coaching Business (2011)

With Companion CD-ROM by Kristie Lorette, John N. Peragine

Suppose a blue orchid means that everyone has beauty within that needs to be cultivated and coached along. Maybe you once grew a blue orchid and which turned into a 20-year career in the landscaping business. 145 Chapter 6:The ...

Google previewOrchids of Trinidad and Tobago (2008)

by J. S. Kenny

A virgin orchid plant on a coconut trunk. Virgin orchids are extremely common along the north coast, growing epiphytically and occasionally lithophytically. The bird's head orchid is a common epiphyte of cocoa. 5.

Google previewThe Tattoo Encyclopedia (2009)

A Guide to Choosing Your Tattoo by Terisa Green

ORCHID The orchid is a favorite among the floral tattoo motifs. The wild orchid was universally a symbol of fertility, especially in China where it was also a symbol of perfection. In England the purple spots on the petals were said to represent ...

Google previewA Victorian Flower Dictionary (2011)

The Language of Flowers Companion by Mandy Kirkby

Spotted orchid, lady's slipper, early purple and lady orchid (the latter named for the resemblance its petals bear to a crinoline gown) are some of the native orchids of woodland, marsh and meadow, and were well known and abundant in the ...

Google previewBritannica Student Encyclopedia (2014)

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc

Orchids can grow in soil, completely underground, or on other plants or rocks. The species that grow on other plants or rocks get moisture and nutrients from rainwater, rotting plant matter, or the air. Orchid plants can measure from less than an ...

Google previewThe Practitioner's Encyclopedia of Flower Remedies (2014)

The Definitive Guide to All Flower Essences, their Making and Uses by Clare G. Harvey

Hybrid Pink Fairy/Cowslip Orchid (Caladenia sp.) For those who take others' attitudes too personally, feeling unfairly persecuted or threatened; for oversensitivity, paranoia, tearfulness over small matters. Enables one to get on with life without ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures (2003)

by George Haggerty, Bonnie Zimmerman

In 1904, on the seventh day of the Chinese New Year, Qiu Jin and Wu Zhiying exchanged a formal pledge of eternal friendship, an occasion that Qiu marked with a poem called “Orchid Verse.” The enterprising historian might want to consider ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Entomology (2008)

by John L. Capinera

Orchid Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae), Figure 1 6 Pollination of a Coryanthes flower by an Euglossa bee. The bee falls into the liquid-filled bucket and escapes via a callus and tunnel formed by the lip and the column. The pollinarium is scraped ...

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