Definition of goodyera in US English:



  • Any of numerous small terrestrial orchids constituting the widespread genus Goodyera (also called rattlesnake plantain in N. America); especially (more fully creeping goodyera) creeping lady's tresses, G. repens, of coniferous forests and bogs in both northern Europe and northern North America. Also (in form Goodyera): the genus itself.


Early 19th century. From scientific Latin Goodyera, genus name from the name of John Goodyer, English botanist + scientific Latin -a.