a. A member of the orchid family.
b. A flower of one of these plants, especially a cultivated species.
2. A pale to light purple, from grayish to purplish pink to strong reddish purple.
[From New Latin Orchideae, family name, from New Latin orchis, orchid-, orchid, from Latin orchis, a kind of orchid, from Greek orkhis, testicle, orchid (from the shape of its tubers).]
(click for a larger image)orchid
yellow lady's slipperCypripedium calceolus
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