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n. pl. phalaenopsis or phal·ae·nop·ses (-sēz′)
Any of various epiphytic orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis of Southeast Asia and Australasia, widely cultivated as houseplants for their large variously colored flowers. Also called moth orchid.

[New Latin genus name : New Latin phalaena, moth (from Medieval Greek phalaina, variant of Greek phallaina, moth, from phallaina, moth); see bhel- in Indo-European roots + -opsis.]
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Noun1.phalaenopsis - genus of ornamental epiphytic orchids of Asia and AustraliaPhalaenopsis - genus of ornamental epiphytic orchids of Asia and Australia
liliopsid genus, monocot genus - genus of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
family Orchidaceae, orchid family, Orchidaceae - enormous cosmopolitan family of perennial terrestrial or epiphytic plants with fleshy tubers or rootstocks and unusual flowers
moth orchid, moth plant - any of various orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis having often drooping glossy broad obovate or oval leaves usually dark green flushed purple or mottled grey and silver
butterfly plant, Phalaenopsis amabilis - orchid having large elliptic to obovate fleshy leaves and fragrant pink-and-white flowers dotted with red
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Phalaenopsis also come in red, cerise, pale pink and yellow so choose a shade to suit your home.
They used to be for skilled gardeners only, but the new batch of phalaenopsis - or moth - orchids, like your beauty (purple with pink stripes), need little of your time and expertise.
The collection includes cattleyas (familiar corsage orchids); miltonias (pansy orchids), with teardrop patterns in the center of the flowers; phalaenopsis (moth orchids); and oncidiums (what florists call spray orchids).
She insists that anyone who can grow an African violet can certainly handle a Phalaenopsis, as long as they're careful not to over water the beautiful blossoms.
The bride's bouquet was made of cascading Phalaenopsis orchids and was adorned with the bride's baby ring and a blue rosary, a gift from the church.
Elegant crystal blush calla lilies combine with striking phalaenopsis orchid and china grass to provide a classic white and green combination
Thanks to their Indonesian roots phalaenopsis, or moth orchids, actually thrive in the humidity of centrally-heated rooms.
Would like Phalaenopsis orchid in room for duration of stay (square glass vase)
Oncidiums, cymbidiums, phalaenopsis, and zygopetalums are widely available now in nurseries, florist shops, and even supermarkets.
It is in this context that I have been contemplating the Phalaenopsis orchid, received a few days ago as a gift and now perched precariously on my kitchen windowsill.
Wrapped in antique lace taken from the sleeve of her mother's wedding gown, the bride's bouquet featured white ranunculus, garden roses, and phalaenopsis orchids.