Sometimes a twiner hangs in elegant festoons from branch to branch, forming a convenient suspension bridge for monkeys.
One of the most elegant plants one can have in a greenhouse is this twiner, a native of South Africa.
Old English twin "double thread," from Proto-Germanic *twizna- (cf. Dutch twijn, Low German twern, German zwirn "twine, thread"), from the same root as twin (q.v.). The verb meaning "to twist strands together to form twine" is recorded from late 13c.; sense of "to twist around something" (as twine does) is recorded from c.1300. Related: Twined; twining.