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Any of various temperate orchids of the genus Orchis and related genera, having yellow or purple, sometimes spotted flowers.
[Latin, orchid; see orchid.]
1. (Plants) any terrestrial orchid of the N temperate genus Orchis, having fleshy tubers and spikes of typically pink flowers
2. (Plants) any of various temperate or tropical orchids of the genus Habenaria, such as the fringed orchis
[C16: via Latin from Greek orkhis testicle; so called from the shape of its roots]
any terrestrial or epiphytic orchid of the genus Orchis, bearing flowers on spikes.
[1555–65; < Latin < Greek órchis testicle]
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|Noun||1.||orchis - any of various deciduous terrestrial orchids having fleshy tubers and flowers in erect terminal racemes|
orchid, orchidaceous plant - any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
genus Orchis - type genus of the orchid family; hardy terrestrial orchids of the temperate the northern hemisphere
early purple orchid, male orchis, Orchis mascula - Eurasian orchid with showy pink or purple flowers in a loose spike
Orchis papilionaceae, butterfly orchis, butterfly orchid - Mediterranean orchid having usually purple flowers with a fan-shaped spotted or striped rose-red lip
|2.||orchis - one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; "she kicked him in the balls and got away"|
arteria testicularis, internal spermatic artery, testicular artery - a branch of the aorta supplying the testicles
male reproductive system - the reproductive system of males
seminiferous tubule - any of the numerous long convoluted tubules in the testis which are the sites where spermatozoa mature
cobblers - a man's testicles (from Cockney rhyming slang: cobbler's awl rhymes with ball)
male reproductive gland - the reproductive organs of a man
undescended testicle, undescended testis - a testis that fails to move into the scrotum as the male fetus develops; "undescended testicles have an increased risk for cancer"
epididymis - a convoluted tubule in each testis; carries sperm to vas deferens
rete testis - network of tubules carrying sperm from the seminiferous tubules to the vasa efferentia
ductus deferens, vas deferens - a duct that carries spermatozoa from the epididymis to the ejaculatory duct
spermatic cord - a structure resembling a cord that suspends the testis within the scrotum and contains the vas deferens and other vessels and nerves