orchid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n orchid any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem. They are actually giant herbs of the same family as lilies, orchids and palms.
    • n Orchid (Bot) Any plant of the order Orchidaceæ. See Orchidaceous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Male bees will try to attract sex partners with orchid fragrance.
    • n orchid Any plant of the natural order Orchideæ; an orchidaceous plant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Orchids have the smallest seeds. It takes more than 1.25 million seeds to weigh 1 gram.
    • n Orchid or′kid a plant with a rich, showy, often fragrant flower, frequently found growing, in warm countries, on rocks and stems of trees
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Idioms

Bouquet of orchids - Id someone deserves a bouquet of orchids, they have done something worthy of praise.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Orchis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. orchis, a testicle.

Usage

In literature:

The Moat House was celebrated for its orchid-houses.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
You don't care for orchids.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
Across the way from us there is a fine lawn leading up to a beautiful greenhouse full of rare orchids and other plants.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
Presently Roger caught sight of a beautiful orchid on the trunk of a tree just below the first branch, and put forth his hand to gather it.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
A curious little Orchid, Zeuxine sulcata, is found growing among the grass on canal banks.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
The boys light Roman candles, shooting crimson and orchid and brass-flamed astonishers into the clouds.
"The Great Potlatch Riots" by Allen Kim Lang
He stood opposite to her, with his orchid in his buttonhole, himself the fine flower of civilisation.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
It has all the delicacy of the Orchid.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
Miss Sallie was resplendent in a pearl gray broadcloth and a hat of violet orchids.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
Scirpus-sedge or orchid, all was the same to them.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
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In poetry:

Drifted . . . drifted precipitate,
Asking time to be rid of ...
Of his bewilderment; to designate
His new found orchid. . . .
"MAUBERLEY" by Ezra Pound
Why the strange orchid half-accurst—
Circe of flowers she grows—
Can tempt me not: see! in my heart,
Silver and gold, my rose.
"Parables" by Richard Le Gallienne
Thy mouth is like a crimson orchid-flower
Whence perfume and whence poison rise unseen
To moons aswim in iris or in green,
Or mix with morning in an eastern bower.
"Exotique" by Clark Ashton Smith
Lay him down where the fern is thick and fair.
Fain was he for life, here lies he low:
With the blood washed clean from his brow and his beautiful hair,
Lay him here in the dell where the orchids grow.
"Night Burial In The Forest" by Duncan Campbell Scott
The mind of the people is like mud,
From which arise strange and beautiful things,
But mud is none the less mud,
Though it bear orchids and prophesying Kings,
Dreams, trees, and water's bright bubblings.
"Talking With Soldiers" by Walter James Turner
That's 'ow the land lies when, one day, I go
Down to the orchid paddick, where I see
A strange cove playin' spy be'ind a tree.
I seem to know
The shape uv that there sneakin', slinkin' frame,
An' walk across to git on to 'is game.
"Spike Wegg" by C J Dennis

In news:

How to Grow Orchids .
Growing Orchids and Potted Plants.
See all past events at A Red Orchid Theatre.
The event presents orchids from around the world for viewing, plus demonstrations, and a book-signing by leading orchid DNA researcher Dr Mark Chase from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England.
F Orchids , a nursery in Florida that has annual revenues of $1.5 million and has won more than 800 awards.
He lives an orchid lover's fantasy on a 10-acre plot in Florida.
Librarian Jenniffer Hudson Connors will give a spotlight Obsessed with Orchids : Botanical Art of the Nineteenth Century about the role of artists and publishers in satisfying the public fascination with orchids during the 1800s.
Indeed, orchids —not unlike kids—are each utterly, beautifully unique.
'Steve Jobs' performed at A Red Orchid .
Whatever the secret, I'd like to learn it since Thai Orchid 's Thai food was a whole level above its Chinese.
Originally created with the Myer's rum left over from a private party, this riff on the mai tai is served in an enormous 23-ounce snifter and garnished with an orchid .
An Inside Look at Tom Morello's ' Orchid '.
If you have never tried growing orchids because you think they're too difficult, here's the orchid that will change your mind.
It's the orchid for everyone: it puts up with our indoor light, unlike most orchids , which require a very bright outdoor light setting.
And months later, when the people opened the crates, they found orchids in bloom.
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