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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