Twayblade meaning

twāblād
Any of various small terrestrial orchids of the genera Liparis and Listera, having usually two basal leaves and a terminal cluster of greenish or purplish flowers.
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Any of various native, soil-inhabiting orchids (esp. genera Listera and Liparis) having opposite, paired leaves.
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Any of several orchids, of the genera Lipara and Listera, that have a pair of basal leaves.
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Origin of twayblade

  • Obsolete tway two (short for Middle English twaine twain) blade (translation of Medieval Latin bifolium two-leaf)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of earlier twiblade as if tway + blade.

    From Wiktionary