Definition of twayblade in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtweɪbleɪd/


An orchid with a slender spike of greenish or brownish flowers and a single pair of broad leaves near the base.
  • Genus Listera, family Orchidaceae: several species, including the Eurasian common twayblade (L. ovata).
Example sentences
  • 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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