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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]


(ˈɔr kɪs)

any terrestrial or epiphytic orchid of the genus Orchis, bearing flowers on spikes.
[1555–65; < Latin < Greek órchis testicle]
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Noun1.orchis - any of various deciduous terrestrial orchids having fleshy tubers and flowers in erect terminal racemesorchis - 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
Orchis spectabilis, purple orchis, purple-hooded orchis, showy orchis - North American orchid having a spike of violet-purple flowers mixed with white; sepals and petals form a hood
2.orchis - one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgensorchis - 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
testicular vein, vena testicularis - a vein from 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
gonad, sex gland - a gland in which gametes (sex cells) are produced
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


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Other cases could be given; for instance in plants, the very curious contrivance of a mass of pollen-grains, borne on a foot-stalk with a sticky gland at the end, is the same in Orchis and Asclepias,--genera almost as remote as possible amongst flowering plants.
If we admire the several ingenious contrivances, by which the flowers of the orchis and of many other plants are fertilised through insect agency, can we consider as equally perfect the elaboration by our fir-trees of dense clouds of pollen, in order that a few granules may be wafted by a chance breeze on to the ovules?
It makes it so cumbersome and dangerous to manage, you never know a moment's freedom from anxiety and care, never gain a moment's rest for dreamy laziness - no time to watch the windy shadows skimming lightly o'er the shallows, or the glittering sunbeams flitting in and out among the ripples, or the great trees by the margin looking down at their own image, or the woods all green and golden, or the lilies white and yellow, or the sombre- waving rushes, or the sedges, or the orchis, or the blue forget-me-nots.
At the other end of the price spectrum, the Jim 'Scotchie' Brown-trained Hot Pipe is as big as 40-1 to end the 42 year wait for a Scottish-trained winner to emulate Cosha Orchis in 1974.
She includes many grasses (mostly unidentified), orchid species in the genus Orchis or Ophrys, well represented among English native wildflowers, and cryptogams.
From the Greek opisthen (behind) and orchis (testicle), Opisthorchis is a genus of trematode flatworms whose testes are located in the posterior end of the body.
There the lambs came bleating to her, and the orchis lifted up, and the thin dead leaves of clover lay, for the new ones to spring through.
That''s because, in 2005, she appeared in an edition entitled Orchis Fatalis as Margaret Winstanley.