Definition of Tongue-flower

1. Noun. Orchid having blue to purple flowers with tongue-shaped or strap-shaped protuberances (calli) at the lip base.

Exact synonyms: Tongueflower
Generic synonyms: Orchid, Orchidaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Glossodia, Glossodia



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tongue-flower

tongers
tonging
tongkang
tongkangs
tongman
tongmen
tongs
tongster
tongsters
tonguage
tongue
tongue-and-groove
tongue-boring
tongue-clacker
tongue-fish
tongue-flower (current term)
tongue-in-cheek
tongue-in-chic
tongue-lash
tongue-lashing
tongue-lashings
tongue-pad
tongue-pads
tongue-shaped
tongue-shell
tongue-shells
tongue-swallowing
tongue-tie
tongue-tied
tongue-twister

Literary usage of Tongue-flower

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1. The Elements of Botany for Beginners and for Schools by Asa Gray (1887)
"PARADISE or BIRD'S TONGUE FLOWER. A large stem- less conservatory plant, from the Cape of Good Hope, winter-flowering, ..."

2. Cottage Gardener and Country Gentleman's Companion by George William Johnson (1801)
"Odontoglossum grande (magnificent tooth-tongue flower), Guatemala—well named. It is the butterfly flower trebly magnified. The flower i» from five to seven ..."

3. Field, Forest, and Garden Botany: A Simple Introduction to the Common Plants by Asa Gray (1895)
"PARADISE or BIRD'S TONGUE FLOWER. A large stem- less conservatory plant, from the Cape of Good Hope, winter-flowering, witli 2-ranked root-leaves, ..."

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