Definition of monkey orchid in US English:

monkey orchid

noun

  • 1A Eurasian orchid of calcareous grassland, Orchis simia (now very rare in Britain), in which the lip of the flower is lobed so as to resemble the figure of a monkey.

  • 2An epiphytic orchid of tropical South America, Coryanthes macrantha.

Origin

1920s. From monkey + orchid, so named on account of the shape of the lips of the flower.

Pronunciation

monkey orchid

/ˈmʌŋkɪ ˌɔːkɪd/