adjective Etymology: New Latin Orchidaceae, family name, from Orchis Date: 1838 1. of, relating to, or resembling the orchids 2. showy, ostentatious

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  • Orchidaceous — Or chi*da ceous, a. (Bot.) Pertaining to, or resembling, a natural order ({Orchidace[ae]}) 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • orchidaceous — adjective a) Of or pertaining to orchids. In keeping with the orchidaceous theme of the wedding, the decorator draped the walls with lavenders and pinks. b) Characterized by ostentatiousness; showy. The fashion press regarded her red carpet… …   Wiktionary

  • orchidaceous — orchid ► NOUN ▪ a plant of a large family with complex showy flowers. DERIVATIVES orchidaceous adjective. ORIGIN Greek orkhis testicle (because of the shape of the tuber) …   English terms dictionary

  • orchidaceous — /awr ki day sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the plant family Orchidaceae. Cf. orchid family. [1830 40; < NL Orchidace(ae) (see ORCHID, ACEAE) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • orchidaceous — É”rkɪ deɪʃəs / ɔːk adj. resembling an orchid; ostentatious, gaudy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • orchidaceous — or·chi·da·ceous …   English syllables

  • orchidaceous — or•chi•da•ceous [[t]ˌɔr kɪˈdeɪ ʃəs[/t]] adj. pln belonging to the orchid family • Etymology: 1830–40; < NL Orchidace(ae) (see orchid, aceae) + ous …   From formal English to slang

  • orchidaceous — /ɔkəˈdeɪʃəs/ (say awkuh dayshuhs) adjective 1. having two tubers at the base, as plants of the genus Orchis and its allies. 2. relating to the family Orchidaceae …   Australian English dictionary

  • orchidaceous —   a. pertaining to or like an orchid; exceptionally beautiful; ostentatious; gaudy …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • orchidaceous — …   Useful english dictionary

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