Definition of twayblade in English:


Syllabification: tway·blade
Pronunciation: /ˈtwāˌblād


  • An orchid with a slender spike of greenish or mauve flowers and a single pair of broad leaves near the base or midway up the stem.
    • Genera Listera and Liparis, family Orchidaceae: several species, including the North American heartleaf twayblade (Listera cordata) and the Eurasian common twayblade (Listera ovata)
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    • Less common species are meadow saxifrage, green-winged orchid, common twayblade and lesser butterfly-orchid.
    • Surveys have found close to a thousand heart-leafed twayblades in the lower, wetter areas.
    • The name twayblade refers to the pair of oval leaves (two blades) near the base of the plant.


late 16th century: from tway (variant of twain) + blade, translating Latin bifolium.

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