One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting plants of the orchid family ("Orchidaceae").
- ‘The play, staged in the Lyttelton Loft, is excellently designed by Jon Bausor, who uses video screens to augment the image of the garden as an orchidaceous enclave.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Orchidaceae (plural) + -ous.
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