Or"chis(?), prop. n.;
(Bot.) A genus of endogenous plants growing in the North Temperate zone, and consisting of about eighty species. They are perennial herbs growing from a tuber (beside which is usually found the last year's tuber also), and are valued for their showy flowers. See Orchidaceous.
(Bot.) Any plant of the same family with the orchis; an orchid.
The common names, such as bee orchis, fly orchis, butterfly orchis, etc., allude to the peculiar form of the flower.
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