twayblade


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tway·blade

 (twā′blād′)
n.
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.

[Obsolete tway, two (short for Middle English twaine; see twain) + blade (translation of Medieval Latin bifolium, two-leaf).]

twayblade

(ˈtweɪˌbleɪd)
n
1. (Plants) any terrestrial orchid of the genus Listera, having a basal pair of oval unstalked leaves arranged opposite each other
2. (Plants) any of various other orchids with paired basal leaves
[C16: translation of Medieval Latin bifolium having two leaves, from obsolete tway two + blade]

tway•blade

(ˈtweɪˌbleɪd)

n.
any of various terrestrial orchids, esp. of the genera Listera and Liparis, having two nearly opposite broad leaves.
[1570–80; dial. tway (apocopated form of Old English twēgen twain) + blade]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.twayblade - orchid having a pair of ovate leaves and a long slender raceme of green flowers sometimes tinged red-browntwayblade - orchid having a pair of ovate leaves and a long slender raceme of green flowers sometimes tinged red-brown; Europe to central Asia
orchid, orchidaceous plant - any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
genus Listera, Listera - genus of terrestrial orchids having usually a single pair of broad shining leaves near the middle of the stem; found in temperate Asia and North America and Europe
2.twayblade - an orchid of the genus Liparis having a pair of leavestwayblade - an orchid of the genus Liparis having a pair of leaves
orchid, orchidaceous plant - any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
genus Liparis - genus of terrestrial and epiphytic orchids; pantropical to temperate
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This patch of grassland on the edge of Wolverhampton, where there used to be a coal mine and after that a landfill site, has now been transformed into a beautiful wildflower meadow featuring some really notable species, such as common twayblade, and commonspotted and green-winged orchids.
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