Pronunciation: (ôr'kid), [key]
1. any terrestrial or epiphytic plant of the family Orchidaceae, of temperate and tropical regions, having usually showy flowers. Cf. orchid family.
2. the flower of any of these plants.
3. a bluish to reddish purple.
var. of orchido- before a vowel: orchidology.
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