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Orchid  n.  (Bot.) Any plant of the order Orchidaceae. See Orchidaceous.






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"Orchid" Quotes from Famous Books



... front of her on a low stool with her hands clasped round a knee. "What a queer mixture you are of—of town and country, Joany. You're like a piece of honeysuckle playing at being an orchid." ...
— Who Cares? • Cosmo Hamilton

... down a green sward directly on the rich virgin mould, and sets to work besides to cover up the unsightly stems and holes of the fallen timber with luxuriant tufts of a species of hart's-tongue fern, which grows almost as freely as an orchid on decayed timber. I was so still and silent that innumerable forest birds came about me. A wood pigeon alighted on a branch close by, and sat preening her radiant plumage in a bath of golden sunlight. The ...
— Station Amusements • Lady Barker

... more than that; he's a blooming orchid," said Diogenes, with intense enthusiasm. "I think I'll get my X-ray lantern and see if ...
— The Pursuit of the House-Boat • John Kendrick Bangs

... the mountain of Poe near Lundu. It was so cold six thousand feet above the level of the sea, that they had to supply the natives who went with them with blankets. At the very top of the mountain they found a new orchid growing on the ground, a bright yellow flower, with streaks of magenta colour inside. Dr. Little picked some of the blossoms, and dug up one hundred roots, two of which he gave me; but they will not live in my ...
— Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak • Harriette McDougall

... at the spur of this orchid, one of the handsomest and most striking of its clan, and the heavy perfume of the flower, would seem to indicate that only a moth with a long proboscis could reach the nectar secreted at the base of the thread-like ...
— Wild Flowers, An Aid to Knowledge of Our Wild Flowers and - Their Insect Visitors - - Title: Nature's Garden • Neltje Blanchan

... women in picturesque evening toilettes. One of them was a frizzy haired soubrette and the other a blonde. Both were conspicuously pretty. The fair girl wore a snow white orchid, splashed with deepest crimson, pinned at her breast. Her companion, who lounged in the near corner, her cloak negligently cast about her and one rounded shoulder against the window, was reading a letter; and Harborne, who found himself ...
— The Sins of Severac Bablon • Sax Rohmer

... decline into the most delicately-finished melancholy that resignation, or more properly, renunciation can produce. Yet the atmosphere in which they dwell is sickly to the sound soul. It is as if one were placed in an orchid house full of dainty and rare plants, and kept there until the quiet air and the light scents overpowered every faculty. In all the doings of these superfine Americans and Frenchmen and Britons and Italians there is something almost inhuman; ...
— Side Lights • James Runciman

... and glass, around a magnificent orchid in the centre, and a rose by every plate, was spread in the dining-room, sweet sounds and scents coming in through the widely-opened glass doors of the conservatory, while a bright wood fire, still pleasant to look ...
— Magnum Bonum • Charlotte M. Yonge

... if possible, I envy you yet more that you should have had the courage to venture into regions which, I confess, frightened me. And I know so well that, in spite of the spring-board of prayers and fasts, in spite of the green house, or orchid house atmosphere, wherein mysticism is grown, I should wither away in these regions without ...
— En Route • J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans

... in the Lands of Dream, lies the Valley of the Yann where the mighty river of that name, rising in the Hills of Hap, idleing its way by massive dream-evoking amethyst cliffs, orchid-laden forests, and ancient mysterious cities, comes to the Gates of Yann and passes ...
— Tales of Three Hemispheres • Lord Dunsany

... Mr. Atkinson that year sold the largest half of his country seat—Spencer Wood—to the Government, as a gubernatorial residence for the hospitable and genial Earl of Elgin, reserving the smaller half (now owned by the writer), on which he built conservatories, vineries, a pinery, orchid house, &c., far more extensive than those of Spencer Wood proper. Though the place was renowned for its magnificence and princely hospitality in the days of Lord Elgin, there are amongst the living plenty to testify to the fact that the lawns, walks, ...
— Picturesque Quebec • James MacPherson Le Moine

... orchid-house, we went through it, and she explained all its beauties, its singularities, and its rarities. When we came out again, I asked myself: "Is she in the habit of doing all this to chance visitors? Would she treat ...
— A Bicycle of Cathay • Frank R. Stockton

... the hour you were with her (the impression passed somehow when she was out of sight) occupied you so completely. I can best describe the attention she provoked by saying that she struck you above all things as a felicitous FINAL product—after the fashion of some plant or some fruit, some waxen orchid or some perfect peach. She was clearly the result of a process of calculation, a process patiently educative, a pressure exerted, and all artfully, so that she should reach ...
— Louisa Pallant • Henry James

... head further, leaving the artist caste to wither in a make-believe refinement. The violent storms at the time of the excitement about the Dreyfus Case did rouse some minds from this torpor, but when they came out of their orchid-house the fresh air turned their heads and they threw themselves into the great passing movement with the same exaggeration that their predecessors had shown in withdrawing from it. They believed that salvation ...
— Clerambault - The Story Of An Independent Spirit During The War • Rolland, Romain

... The orchid family has a few curious saprophytic representatives on the lower slopes. Mertin's coral-root is one of the most common. This generally grows in clusters in the mossy woods, along the trail or government road above Longmire Springs. It is very common all around the mountain at ...
— The Mountain that was 'God' • John H. Williams



Words linked to "Orchid" :   Cleistes divaricata, frog orchid, greater butterfly orchid, rattlesnake orchid, moth orchid, butterfly plant, satyr orchid, Aplectrum hyemale, bletia, odontoglossum, vanilla, Calopogon pulchellum, epidendron, Habenaria chlorantha, swan-flower, tongueflower, cymbidium, early purple orchid, orchid family, poor man's orchid, flower, pleurothallis, disa, twayblade, cymbid, masdevallia, Ophrys muscifera, slipper orchid, Encyclia citrina, cattleya, Dactylorhiza fuchsii, jewel orchid, Malaxis-unifolia, coastal rein orchid, maxillaria, early spider orchid, helmetflower, Ophrys insectifera, Dactylorhiza maculata fuchsii, swanneck, calypso, water orchid, Platanthera bifolia, Venus' slipper, rattlesnake plantain, helmet orchid, caladenia, Brassia lawrenceana, family Orchidaceae, Eburophyton austinae, fen orchis, Pogonia rosea, Encyclia venosa, bog rein orchid, orchid cactus, common spotted orchid, butterfly orchis, round-leaved rein orchid, brassavola, coelogyne, purple fringeless orchid, lady's slipper, Venus's slipper, Calopogon tuberosum, Platanthera chlorantha, purple-fringed orchid, rosebud orchid, tulip orchid, Platanthera leucophea, ragged-fringed orchid, angrecum, Listera convallarioides, Epidendrum tampense, dancing lady orchid, orchid tree, liparis, fly orchid, Catasetum macrocarpum, Cattleya citrina, Bletia striata, fragrant orchid, snow orchid, Hexalectris spicata, jumping orchid, oncidium, calanthe, lesser butterfly orchid, moth plant, white fringed orchid, puttyroot, Coeloglossum bracteatum, foxtail orchid, green adder's mouth, lizard orchid, coral root, zebra orchid, Cleistes rosea, Listera cordata, spider orchid, orchis



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