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 for butterfly orchis
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Orchis \Or"chis\, prop. n.; pl. Orchises. [L., fr. Gr. ? a
     testicle, the orchis; -- so called from its tubers.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. (Bot.) A genus of endogenous plants growing in the North
        Temperate zone, and consisting of about eighty species.
        They are perennial herbs growing from a tuber (beside
        which is usually found the last year's tuber also), and
        are valued for their showy flowers. See Orchidaceous.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Bot.) Any plant of the same family with the orchis; an
        orchid.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The common names, such as bee orchis, fly orchis,
           butterfly orchis, etc., allude to the peculiar form
           of the flower.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  butterfly orchis
      n 1: Mexican epiphytic orchid having pale green or yellow-green
           flowers with white purple-veined lip [syn: butterfly
           orchid, butterfly orchis, Epidendrum venosum,
           Encyclia venosa]
      2: Mediterranean orchid having usually purple flowers with a
         fan-shaped spotted or striped rose-red lip [syn: butterfly
         orchid, butterfly orchis, Orchis papilionaceae]

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