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Orchid   /ˈɔrkəd/   Listen

Any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors.  Synonym: orchidaceous plant.

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"Orchid" Quotes from Famous Books

... garden what the Orchid is to the greenhouse. Its colors are of the richest—blue, purple, violet, yellow, white, and gray. It blooms in great profusion, for weeks during the early part of summer. It is a magnificent flower. It will be found most effective when grouped, but it can be scattered about the border ...
— Amateur Gardencraft - A Book for the Home-Maker and Garden Lover • Eben E. Rexford

... in front of her on a low stool with her hands clasped round a knee. "What a queer mixture you are of—of town and country, Joany. You're like a piece of honeysuckle playing at being an orchid." ...
— Who Cares? • Cosmo Hamilton

... and subjugated, assisted in the development of the Idea. She made an engagement to meet Mr. Mayer four days later in the Plaza and go with him to see the orchids in the park greenhouse. The Holy Spirit orchid was in bloom and she had never seen it. A flower with such a name as the Holy Spirit seemed to Chrystie in some way to shed an element of propriety if not righteousness ...
— Treasure and Trouble Therewith - A Tale of California • Geraldine Bonner

... shrugged his shoulders, and said to his nephew, "Your aunt must feel that I give her diamonds from love and not from vanity, as she never lets me have the pleasure of seeing them." The sole ornament of Adriana was an orchid, which had arrived that morning from Hainault, and she had presented its fellow ...
— Endymion • Benjamin Disraeli

... innocent as her mind was,—whenever she had resolved to bring pressure to bear upon my indifference or my wilfulness, she pondered the possible method with such affectionate patience that she did not fail to find a delicate or a touchingly irresistible form. I once brought her a rare orchid, whose fantastic form and brilliant colors I had so much admired in the shop window that I was unwilling to allow any other human being to possess it than Mariandel—by this name I called my friend. She did not say anything so commonplace as that I ought not to ...
— The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries - Masterpieces of German Literature Vol. 19 • Various

... The great orchid family is well known on account of the singular form and brilliant colors of the flowers which have no equals in these respects in the whole vegetable kingdom. As might be expected, there are numerous ...
— Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany - For High Schools and Elementary College Courses • Douglas Houghton Campbell

... impassioned satisfaction and wondering about the Holy Ghost; Cousin Hetty, ageless, pungent, and savory as one of her herbs; Mr. Welles, the old tired darling come into his haven, loving Paul as he would his own grandson; Eugenia orchid-like against their apple-blossom rusticity; Marsh . . . how tremendously more simpatico he had seemed this afternoon than ever before, as though one might really like him, and not just find him exciting and interesting; Neale, dear Neale with his calm eyes into which it ...
— The Brimming Cup • Dorothy Canfield Fisher

... room; but, as you know, the drop from it into the moat must be at least twenty feet. Whether the child managed to scramble out by means of the rope, or whether she was carried out, I don't know. Peet insists that Thomas has had a hand in the matter. A very valuable orchid, which he had been cultivating in that inner room, has disappeared, and Peet feels sure that Thomas has ...
— Chatterbox, 1906 • Various

... tangled roots, hills raised by burrowing insects, ravines formed by the draining off of the rains. Ants and beetles bustled along them, pressing up hill and down to some mysterious goal. Above them a cunning red spider was tying a blade of grass to an orchid leaf, the pillars it had chosen for its future web; and when the wind shook the leaves and the sun pierced through to this spot, I saw the delicate roof already ...
— The Ink-Stain, Complete • Rene Bazin

... spend our lives loving other women, but we have skill. Being part women, we know how to approach women. We are not blundering and crude. Men want a certain thing from you. It is delicate and easy to kill. Love is the most sensitive thing in the world. It's like an orchid. Men try to pluck orchids with ice ...
— Poor White • Sherwood Anderson

... of the West, its ranches, mines, colossal slaughter-houses,—all the formidable traffic of this country of effort and struggle, all its labor,—these are what have made possible this woman, this living orchid, unexpected ...
— Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5 • Various

Words linked to "Orchid" :   lady's slipper, Ophrys apifera, coral root, Calopogon pulchellum, butterfly orchid, twayblade, grass pink, sobralia, cymbidium, Listera convallarioides, water orchid, helleborine, orchis, Dactylorhiza fuchsii, puttyroot, prairie orchid, rattlesnake plantain, flower, arethusa, helmetflower, caladenia, Platanthera leucophea, swan-neck, snow orchid, Venus's shoe, foxtail orchid, swan-flower, spreading pogonia, greenhood, cypripedia, Hexalectris spicata, calypso, Brassia lawrenceana, Bletilla striata, Hexalectris warnockii, Habenaria bifolia, Calypso bulbosa, epidendron, pleurothallis, Platanthera chlorantha, Texas purple spike, pogonia, Sarcochilus falcatus, Calopogon tuberosum, orchid tree, lady-slipper, Epidendrum tampense, Listera cordata, aerides, mentum, Catasetum macrocarpum, phaius, rein orchis, bletia, butterfly orchis, Bletia striata, Malaxis ophioglossoides, Pogonia rosea, oncidium, disa, Encyclia venosa, dendrobium, ladies' tresses, green adder's mouth, maxillaria, calanthe, masdevallia, stelis, stanhopea, Dactylorhiza maculata fuchsii, Brassia verrucosa, Cleistes divaricata, brassavola, tongueflower, Liparis loeselii, adam-and-eve, Aplectrum hyemale, laelia, ladies' slipper, Coeloglossum viride, liparis, Habenaria chlorantha, broad-leaved twayblade, Eburophyton austinae, Ophrys insectifera, swanneck, butterfly plant, coelogyne, crested coral root, Indian crocus, Encyclia tampensis, lady's tresses, Encyclia citrina, Cleistes rosea, Gymnadenia odoratissima, cattleya, moth plant, tongue-flower, Coeloglossum bracteatum, Himantoglossum hircinum, Ophrys muscifera, Pogonia divaricata, Venus' slipper, early spider orchid, vanda, vanilla, lesser twayblade, Platanthera bifolia, Malaxis-unifolia, Venus's slipper, Cattleya citrina, fringed orchis, odontoglossum, angrecum, orange-blossom orchid, fen orchis, Epidendrum venosum, Gymnadenia conopsea, Listera ovata, swanflower, fairy-slipper, cymbid

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