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Orchis   Listen

Any of various deciduous terrestrial orchids having fleshy tubers and flowers in erect terminal racemes.
One of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens.  Synonyms: ball, ballock, bollock, egg, nut, testicle, testis.

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"Orchis" Quotes from Famous Books

... care to look at every flower you meet, to try and see what insects visit it, and how its pollen-dust is carried. These two flowers are the common Bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), and the Early Orchis (Orchis mascula), which you may find in almost any moist meadow in the ...
— The Fairy-Land of Science • Arabella B. Buckley

... of those, the exquisite grace and beauty of whose names is so forced on us that we cannot miss it, such as 'Aaron's rod,' 'angel's eyes,' 'bloody warrior,' 'blue-bell, 'crown imperial,' 'cuckoo-flower,' blossoming as this orchis does when the cuckoo is first heard, [Footnote: In a catalogue of English Plant Names I count thirty in which 'cuckoo' formed a component part.] 'eye- bright,' 'forget-me-not,' 'gilt-cup' (a local name for the butter-cup, drawn from the ...
— On the Study of Words • Richard C Trench

... previous to his death, he thus renewed the lament:—"I mourn for the loss of many of the beautiful plants and insects that were once found in this vicinity. Clethra, Rhodora, Sanguinaria, Viola debilis, Viola acuta, Dracoena borealis, Rhexia, Cypripedium, Corallorhiza verna, Orchis spectabilis, with others of less note, have been rooted out by the so-called hand of improvement. Cicindela rugifrons, Helluo proeusta, Sphoeroderus stenostomus, Blethisa quadricollis, (Americana mi,) Carabus, Horia, (which for several years occurred in profusion ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Volume 7, Issue 42, April, 1861 • Various

... gem and embroider the velvet; gold of potentilla, blue of gentian, pink and white of milkwort, purple of the scabious and clustered bell-flower; the whole robe scented with the fragrance of sweet thyme. Several unfamiliar species of orchis may be found and also the rare and beautiful rampion, "The Pride of Sussex." The hills are a paradise for birds; the practice of snaring the wheatear for market has lately fallen into desuetude and the ...
— Seaward Sussex - The South Downs from End to End • Edric Holmes

... short, no place in the world can afford more advantages to the industrious settler, than this extensive vale. The river was named Peel's River, in honour of the Right Hon. Robert Peel. A great many new plants were found to-day and yesterday, chiefly of the orchis tribe [Note: Orchideae of Juss. and BROWN.]: we saw numbers of the ornithorynchus, or water mole, in the river, also a few turtle: we were not successful in obtaining any fish, so that we were unable to decide whether it contained the same species ...
— Journals of Two Expeditions into the Interior of New South Wales • John Oxley

Words linked to "Orchis" :   epididymis, undescended testis, seminiferous tubule, sex gland, male genitalia, ductus deferens, orchid, male reproductive gland, vena testicularis, male reproductive system, testicular vein, butterfly orchid, spermatic cord, rete testis, male genitals, male genital organ, internal spermatic artery, orchidaceous plant, cobblers, undescended testicle, early purple orchid, arteria testicularis, testicular artery, gonad, family jewels, vas deferens

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