Orchil to Ordinance
(Or"chil) n. See Archil.
(Or*chil"la weed`) (Bot.) The lichen from which archil is obtained. See Archil.
(Or"chis) n.; pl. Orchises [L., fr. Gr. a testicle, the orchis; so called from its tubers.]
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.
2. (Bot.) Any plant of the same family with the orchis; an orchid.
The common names, such as bee orchis, fly orchis, butterfly orchis, etc., allude to the peculiar form of
(||Or*chi"tis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. a testicle + -itis.] (Med.) Inflammation of the testicles.
(Or*chot"o*my) n. [Gr. a testicle + to cut.] (Surg.) The operation of cutting out or removing
a testicle by the knife; castration.
(Or"cin) n. [Etymology uncertain: cf. F. orcine.] (Chem.) A colorless crystalline substance, C6H3.CH3.(OH)2,
which is obtained from certain lichens (Roccella, Lecanora, etc.), also from extract of aloes, and artificially
from certain derivatives of toluene. It changes readily into orcein.
Ord and end, the beginning and end. Cf. Odds and ends, under Odds. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Chaucer.
(Ord) n. [AS. ord point.] An edge or point; also, a beginning. [ Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Chaucer.
(Or*dain") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ordained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ordaining.] [OE. ordeinen, OF.
ordener, F. ordonner, fr. L. ordinare, from ordo, ordinis, order. See Order, and cf. Ordinance.]
1. To set in order; to arrange according to rule; to regulate; to set; to establish. "Battle well ordained."
The stake that shall be ordained on either side.Chaucer.
2. To regulate, or establish, by appointment, decree, or law; to constitute; to decree; to appoint; to institute.
Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month.1 Kings xii. 32.
And doth the power that man adores ordainByron.
Their doom ?
3. To set apart for an office; to appoint.
Being ordained his special governor.Shak.
4. (Eccl.) To invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; to introduce into the office of the Christian
ministry, by the laying on of hands, or other forms; to set apart by the ceremony of ordination.
Meletius was ordained by Arian bishops.Bp. Stillingfleet.
(Or*dain"a*ble) a. Capable of being ordained; worthy to be ordained or appointed. Bp.
(Or*dain"er) n. One who ordains.