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Orchidaceous

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Orchidaceous (Bot) Pertaining to, or resembling, a natural order (Orchidaceæ) of endogenous plants of which the genus Orchis is the type. They are mostly perennial herbs having the stamens and pistils united in a single column, and normally three petals and three sepals, all adherent to the ovary. The flowers are curiously shaped, often resembling insects, the odd or lower petal (called the lip) being unlike the others, and sometimes of a strange and unexpected appearance. About one hundred species occur in the United States, but several thousand in the tropics.☞ Over three hundred genera are recognized.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • orchidaceous Pertaining to the orchids; belonging to the natural order Orchidaceæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Orchidaceous pertaining to the orchids
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. orchis, a testicle.

Usage

In literature:

Many of our orchidaceous plants absolutely require the visits of moths to remove their pollen-masses and thus to fertilise them.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
There are several beautiful varieties of orchidaceous plants upon the mountains; among others, several species of the dendrobium.
"Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
I have read of a woman with an orchidaceous face!
"The Trial" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The simple old type of manhood is lost long since in endless orchidaceous variation.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
Here and there the bright flowers of some orchidaceous plant ornamented their summits, or hung down from their boughs.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The following details all refer to flowers in which the number of stamens in orchidaceous plants was increased beyond what is necessary.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
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