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