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Borrowed from Latin orchis, from Ancient Greek ὄρχις (órkhis).

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orchis (plural orchises)

  1. Any plant of the genus Orchis; an orchid. [16th C.]
    • 1871, Agnes Maule Machar, Lucy Raymond Or, The Children's Watchword, page 25:
      In spring, what a place it was for wild flowers!―as Lucy Raymond and her brothers well knew, having often brought home thence great bunches of dielytras and convallarias and orchises; and at any time some bright blossoms were generally to be found gleaming through the shade.
    • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 91:
      He had a suit of summer mufti, and a broad-brimmed blue beaver hat looped with leaves broken from the hedgerows in the lanes, and a Leander scarf tucked full of flowers: loosestrife, meadowrue, orchis, ragged-robin.

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Ancient Greek ὄρχις (órkhis, testicle, ovary, orchid).

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orchis f (genitive orchis); third declension

  1. orchid (flower)
  2. kind of olive

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative orchis orchēs
Genitive orchis orchium
Dative orchī orchibus
Accusative orchem orchēs
orchīs
Ablative orche orchibus
Vocative orchis orchēs

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