PRONUNCIATION: (or-ki-DAS-i-tee)

MEANING: noun: Showiness.

ETYMOLOGY: From the large and showy flowers in the orchid family. From Latin orchis (orchid), from Greek orkhis (testicle, orchid, from the shape of its tubers). Earliest documented use: 1897. A related word is orchidaceous.

ORCHID CITY - Quito, Ecuador, purportedly

TORCH I.D. A CITY - Liberty's, in New York City, beside the golden door

ORCHIDACIDY - lovely flower with a low pH