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twayblade

[twey-bleyd] /ˈtweɪˌbleɪd/
noun
1.
any of various orchids, especially of the genera Listera and Liparis, characterized by two nearly opposite broad leaves.
Origin of twayblade
1570-1580
1570-80; dial. tway (apocopated form of Old English twēgen twain) + blade
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British Dictionary definitions for twayblade

twayblade

/ˈtweɪˌbleɪd/
noun
1.
any terrestrial orchid of the genus Listera, having a basal pair of oval unstalked leaves arranged opposite each other
2.
any of various other orchids with paired basal leaves
Word Origin
C16: translation of Medieval Latin bifolium having two leaves, from obsolete twaytwo + blade
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