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.
orchidic or·chid·ic (ôr-kĭd’ĭk) adj. Relating to the testis.
[awr-kahy-tis] /ɔrˈkaɪ tɪs/ noun, Pathology. 1. inflammation of the testis. /ɔːˈkaɪtɪs/ noun 1. inflammation of one or both testicles orchiditis or·chi·di·tis (ôr’kĭ-dī’tĭs) n. Variant of orchitis. orchitis or·chi·tis (ôr-kī’tĭs) or or·chi·di·tis (ôr’kĭ-dī’tĭs) n. Inflammation of the testis. Also called didymitis, testitis. or·chit’ic (ôr-kĭt’ĭk) adj.
1. a combining form used, with the meaning “orchid,” “testicle,” in the formation of compound words: orchidology; orchidotomy. orchido- or orchid- pref. Testis: orchidectomy.
[awr-ki-dol-uh-jee] /ˌɔr kɪˈdɒl ə dʒi/ noun 1. the branch of botany or horticulture dealing with orchids.