Any of various chiefly terrestrial orchids of the genus Malaxis, having terminal clusters of small, often greenish flowers.
[From the resemblance of its flowers to the open mouths of snakes.]
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(Plants) any of various orchids of the genus Malaxis that occur in all parts of the world except Australia and New Zealand and have small usually greenish flowers. See also bog orchid
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n., pl. -mouths.
any of several North American terrestrial orchids of the genus Malaxis.
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