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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Some rare plants such as orchids are found here.
▪ We collected them like rare orchids, gleefully sharing our latest acquisitions and discoveries.
▪ Foxes fiddled in the thickets. Rare orchids bloomed unseen and the wind came always from the east.
▪ Bird species are numerous as are rare flowers which include wild orchids.
▪ The large numbers of wild orchids being traded threatens some species with extinction.
▪ I'd get wild orchids for the garden, I told Mrs Goreng, knowing some had grown near Rosa's.
▪ Bill got the orchid bug from an old neighbour who encouraged him to to start breeding the plants.
▪ On the cliff top, marsh orchids, pink and lush, clustered in damp hollows.
▪ She was drawn to the orchid display by the Three Rivers Orchid Society.
▪ The Nashs have four hundred orchids ... but just sixty are considered ready for exhibiting.
▪ The white casket was covered with a spray of irises, orchids and apricot-colored roses.
▪ There were salamanders and orchids of endangered varieties.
▪ This is a site of national importance for its variety of wold flowers, including many species of orchid.
▪ With deliberation, I pulled up all my orchids and threw them, strewn with crumbs of earth, into the wheel-barrow.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Orchid \Or"chid\, n. [See Orchis.] (Bot.) Any plant of the order Orchidace[ae]. See Orchidaceous.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1845, introduced by John Lindley in "School Botanty," from Modern Latin Orchideæ (Linnaeus), the plant's family name, from Latin orchis, a kind of orchid, from Greek orkhis (genitive orkheos) "orchid," literally "testicle," from PIE *orghi-, the standard root for "testicle" (cognates: Avestan erezi "testicles," Armenian orjik, Middle Irish uirgge, Irish uirge "testicle," Lithuanian erzilas "stallion"). The plant so called because of the shape of its root. Earlier in English in Latin form, orchis (1560s), and in Middle English it was ballockwort (c.1300; see ballocks). Marred by extraneous -d- in an attempt to extract the Latin stem.


a. (colour) having a light purple colour. n. 1 a plant of the orchid family, bearing unusually-shaped flowers of beautiful colours. 2 (colour) a light blue-red, violet-red or purple color.


n. any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors [syn: orchidaceous plant]

Orchid, FL -- U.S. town in Florida
Population (2000): 140
Housing Units (2000): 139
Land area (2000): 1.229962 sq. miles (3.185586 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.613700 sq. miles (1.589475 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.843662 sq. miles (4.775061 sq. km)
FIPS code: 52175
Located within: Florida (FL), FIPS 12
Location: 27.776146 N, 80.413238 W
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Orchid, FL
Orchid (album)

Orchid is the debut album by Swedish heavy metal band Opeth, released on May 1, 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".

Orchid (screamo band)
For the doom metal band of the same name, see Orchid (metal band)

Orchid was an American screamo band from Amherst, Massachusetts. 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.

In 1999 Orchid released their first record Chaos Is Me and a year after in 2000 released Dance Tonight! Revolution Tomorrow! In July 2002 they released their third studio album Gatefold and later in the year, in September, Orchid released a compilation of both their first and second albums onto CD containing all 21 tracks from both. After the release of both they split up. Posthumously, in 2005 Orchid released Totality, a compilation album comprised all of 24 tracks from out of press and hard to find B-side and split EP material previously only available on vinyl.

Orchid (color)

Orchid is a bright rich purple color that is a representation of the color of the orchidaceae flower.

Various tones of orchid may range from grayish purple to purplish-pink to strong reddish purple.

The first recorded use of orchid as a color name in English was in 1915.

In 1987, orchid was included as one of the X11 colors. After the invention of the world wide web in 1991, these became known as the X11 web colors.

Orchid (disambiguation)

Orchid is a family of flowering plants.

Orchid may also refer to:

Orchid (charity)

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.

Orchid (heavy metal band)

Orchid are an American heavy metal band founded in San Francisco, California in 2007. The band consists of Theo Mindell (vocals, synthesizer, percussion), Mark Thomas Baker (guitar), Keith Nickel (bass guitar) and Ted Cox (drums). They are named after the Black Sabbath song of the same name.

Usage examples of "orchid".

Candle trees, bottlebrush trees, aloe trees, bougainvillea, hibiscus, jacaranda, agapanthus and arrowroot, but my orchids are a fuck-up.

Vivid orchids and wonderful colored lichens smoldered upon the swarthy tree-trunks and where a wandering shaft of light fell full upon the golden allamanda, the scarlet star-clusters of the tacsonia, or the rich deep blue of ipomaea, the effect was as a dream of fairyland.

Like aqualungs of death they were, those canisters, if you were a Bee Orchid or a Bluebell.

The music started up and the bridesmaids and flower girls moved down the aisle, and then at the very end, Edwina moved out just ahead of Helen and Sam, in measured steps, holding her bouquet of white orchids.

It was not the trees and lianas only that were beautiful in these sunny openings, but the ferns, mosses, orchids, and selaginellas, with the crimson-tipped dracaena, and the crimson-veined caladium, and the great red nepenthe with purple blotches on its nearly diaphanous pitchers, and another pitcher-plant of an epiphytal habit, with pea-green pitchers scrambling to a great height over the branches of the smaller trees.

But the Caribe houses were in evidence, and the turtle stew was tasty, and the fishing was good, and Siete Altares was something out of a South Seas movie, each pool shaded by ceiba trees, their branches dripping with orchids, hummingbirds flitting everywhere in the thickets.

Lupe and I were lying among tall grasses beneath a ceiba tree, its boughs looped with epiphytic vines, and the vines studded with orchid blooms.

He knew how the forms of life branched out from willowherb to bog orchid, waxwing to grebe, elm to paulownia, cichlid to sea-squirt.

Napkins folded like silken husks sprouted dewy-fresh cymbidium orchids.

In front of the windows were simple, iron plant stands, each bearing a pot of fabulous white cymbidium orchids.

She carried a bouquet of cymbidium orchids, and she was shaking with nerves.

She had always worn her fragility like a beautiful orchid corsage, as if it were the badge of a true lady, a sign of breeding.

A wedding picture: her mother in a form-fitting ivory suit, a bouquet of pink orchids and freesias in one white-gloved hand.

Alternatively, how about burnt-orange arum lilies and Maggie Oei orchids, which are green with red centres, the whole thing rounded off with very tropical-looking galax leaves?

He had declared Gamelan with its orchids and fleshy vines and vast bromeliads the palest imitation of the Gardens of Sweet Night, but still balm for his injured soul.