twayblade

[ twey-bleyd ]
/ ˈtweɪˌbleɪd /

noun

any of various orchids, especially of the genera Listera and Liparis, characterized by two nearly opposite broad leaves.

Nearby words

  1. twang,
  2. twangle,
  3. twangy,
  4. twat,
  5. twattle,
  6. tweak,
  7. tweaker,
  8. twee,
  9. tweed,
  10. tweed, william marcy

Origin of twayblade

1570–80; dial. tway (apocopated form of Old English twēgen twain) + blade

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British Dictionary definitions for twayblade

twayblade

/ (ˈtweɪˌbleɪd) /

noun

any terrestrial orchid of the genus Listera, having a basal pair of oval unstalked leaves arranged opposite each other
any of various other orchids with paired basal leaves

Word Origin for twayblade

C16: translation of Medieval Latin bifolium having two leaves, from obsolete tway two + blade

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