orchid family

noun
enormous cosmopolitan family of perennial terrestrial or epiphytic plants with fleshy tubers or rootstocks and unusual flowers
Hypernyms: ↑monocot family, ↑liliopsid family
Member Holonyms: ↑Orchidales, ↑order Orchidales
Member Meronyms:
orchid, ↑orchidaceous plant, ↑genus Orchis, ↑genus Aerides, ↑genus Angrecum, ↑Angraecum, ↑genus Angraecum, ↑Anoectochilus, ↑genus Anoectochilus, ↑Aplectrum, ↑genus Aplectrum, ↑genus Arethusa, ↑genus Bletia, ↑Bletilla, ↑genus Bletilla, ↑genus Brassavola, ↑Brassia, ↑genus Brassia, ↑genus Caladenia, ↑genus Calanthe, ↑Calopogon, ↑genus Calopogon, ↑genus Calypso, ↑Catasetum, ↑genus Catasetum, ↑genus Cattleya, ↑Cephalanthera, ↑genus Cephalanthera, ↑Cleistes, ↑genus Cleistes, ↑Coeloglossum, ↑genus Coeloglossum, ↑genus Coelogyne, ↑Corallorhiza, ↑genus Corallorhiza, ↑Coryanthes, ↑genus Coryanthes, ↑Cycnoches, ↑genus Cycnoches, ↑genus Cymbidium, ↑Cypripedium, ↑genus Cypripedium, ↑Dactylorhiza, ↑genus Dactylorhiza, ↑genus Dendrobium, ↑genus Disa, ↑Dracula, ↑genus Dracula, ↑Dryadella, ↑genus Dryadella, ↑Eburophyton, ↑genus Eburophyton, ↑Encyclia, ↑genus Encyclia, ↑Epidendrum, ↑genus Epidendrum, ↑Epipactis, ↑genus Epipactis, ↑Glossodia, ↑genus Glossodia, ↑Goodyera, ↑genus Goodyera, ↑Grammatophyllum, ↑genus Grammatophyllum, ↑Gymnadenia, ↑genus Gymnadenia, ↑Gymnadeniopsis, ↑genus Gymnadeniopsis, ↑Habenaria, ↑genus Habenaria, ↑Hexalectris, ↑genus Hexalectris, ↑Himantoglossum, ↑genus Himantoglossum, ↑genus Laelia, ↑genus Liparis, ↑Listera, ↑genus Listera, ↑Malaxis, ↑genus Malaxis, ↑genus Masdevallia, ↑genus Maxillaria, ↑Miltonia, ↑genus Miltonia, ↑genus Odontoglossum, ↑genus Oncidium, ↑Ophrys, ↑genus Ophrys, ↑Paphiopedilum, ↑genus Paphiopedilum, ↑genus Phaius, ↑Phalaenopsis, ↑genus Phalaenopsis, ↑Pholidota, ↑genus Pholidota, ↑Phragmipedium, ↑genus Phragmipedium, ↑Platanthera, ↑genus Platanthera, ↑Plectorrhiza, ↑genus Plectorrhiza, ↑Pleione, ↑genus Pleione, ↑genus Pleurothallis, ↑genus Pogonia, ↑Psychopsis, ↑genus Psychopsis, ↑Pterostylis, ↑genus Pterostylis, ↑Rhyncostylis, ↑genus Rhyncostylis, ↑Sarcochilus, ↑genus Sarcochilus, ↑Scaphosepalum, ↑genus Scaphosepalum, ↑Schomburgkia, ↑genus Schomburgkia, ↑Selenipedium, ↑genus Selenipedium, ↑genus Sobralia, ↑Spiranthes, ↑genus Spiranthes, ↑genus Stanhopea, ↑genus Stelis, ↑Trichoceros, ↑genus Trichoceros, ↑genus Vanda, ↑genus Vanilla

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noun

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the plant family Orchidaceae, characterized by terrestrial or epiphytic herbaceous plants having simple, parallel-veined, usually alternate leaves, complex and often large and showy flowers pollinated primarily by insects, and fruit in the form of a capsule containing numerous minute seeds, and including calypso, fringed orchis, lady's-slipper, pogonia, rattlesnake plantain, vanilla, as well as numerous tropical orchids such as those of the genera Cattleya, Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, and Vanda.

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orchid family,
a family of terrestrial and epiphytic monocotyledonous herbs, widely distributed in temperate and tropical regions. Most orchid flowers have their style, stigma, and stamens united into a central body (the column). The orchid family includes the lady's-slipper, arethusa, rattlesnake plantain, twayblade, showrchis, and lady's-tresses.

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