ladies' tresses
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1548 any of a widely distributed genus (Spiranthes) of terrestrial orchids with slender often twisted spikes of white irregular flowers

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  • ladies'tresses — also lady s tresses pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Any of various orchids of the genus Spiranthes, having a spike or raceme of small flowers usually arranged in a spiral. * * * …   Universalium

  • ladies'-tresses — [lā′dēz tres΄iz] n. any of a genus (Spiranthes) of wild orchids with small, white flowers arranged spirally on spikes * * * …   Universalium

  • ladies'-tresses — [lā′dēz tres΄iz] n. any of a genus (Spiranthes) of wild orchids with small, white flowers arranged spirally on spikes …   English World dictionary

  • ladies’ tresses — noun (sing or pl) an orchid of the genus Spiranthes with small white flowers ● lady …   Useful english dictionary

  • ladies' tresses — ▪ plant  any plant of the genus Spiranthes, family Orchidaceae, numbering as many as 30 species of orchids found in woods and grasslands throughout most of the world. Goodyera repens, an unrelated British species, is known as creeping ladies… …   Universalium

  • ladies' tresses — noun an orchid of the genus Spiranthes having slender often twisted spikes of white flowers • Syn: ↑lady s tresses • Hypernyms: ↑orchid, ↑orchidaceous plant • Hyponyms: ↑screw augur, ↑Spiranthes cernua …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ladies' tresses — Lady s traces La dy s tra ces, Ladies tresses La dies tress es n. (Bot.) A name given to several species of the orchidaceous genus {Spiranthes}, in which the white flowers are set in spirals about a slender axis and remotely resemble braided hair …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ladies-tresses — Spiranthes (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • Autumn Ladies'-tresses — Taxobox name = Autumn Ladies tresses image width = 250px image caption = Spiranthes spiralis regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Liliopsida ordo = Asparagales familia = Orchidaceae subfamilia = Orchidoideae tribus = Cranichideae… …   Wikipedia

  • European ladies' tresses — noun European orchid having shorter racemes of strongly spiraling snow white flowers • Syn: ↑Spiranthes spiralis • Hypernyms: ↑ladies tresses, ↑lady s tresses • Member Holonyms: ↑Spiranthes, ↑genus Spiranthes …   Useful english dictionary

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