Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
2, "Growing Dendrobium and Phalaenopsis Orchids" by Corazon C.
Phalaenopsis orchids are recognized as the most popular orchid genus in the horticultural industry due to their large, colorful, and durable flowers as well as their wider adaptability to room conditions (ZAHARA et al., 2017).
Inside an air-cooled glass dome are milflores, phlox, dahlia, geranium, daisy, stag horn, elicriso, petunia, aster, vanda and phalaenopsis.
MOTH orchids, or phalaenopsis, get their name because of the distinctive shape of the flowers that resemble moths in flight or the outstretched wings of moths.
As we started to ask Sally about the reasons she was ending her career in the SUL Orchid Farm, we noticed the hint of sadness and a lump in her throat that we decided not to ask her more questions but instead took photos of the vandas, Phalaenopsis, dendrobium and other plants in her farm.
A Taiwan government-funded research agency has successfully developed genetic mapping of Phalaenopsis genome, which is set to provide insights into species adaptation.
Her attendants wore blush-colored chiffon gowns with sweetheart necklines and carried hand-tied bouquets of white phalaenopsis orchids, the bride's favorite flower.
THREE PLANTS TO BOOST YOUR BEDROOM Phalaenopsis orchids Known as moth orchids (the big flowers on tall stems), these are night-time oxygenators, so improve the quality of the air while you're asleep.
Phalaenopsis are grown widely as cut-flowers and potted plants in the floriculture trade.