twayblade

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n twayblade an orchid of the genus Liparis having a pair of leaves
    • n twayblade orchid having a pair of ovate leaves and a long slender raceme of green flowers sometimes tinged red-brown; Europe to central Asia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Twayblade (Bot) Any one of several orchidaceous plants which have only two leaves, as the species of Listera and of Liparis.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n twayblade Primarily, a European orchid, Listera ovata, a simple-stemmed plant a foot or more high, bearing a slender raceme of green flowers, and about six inches from the ground a single pair of broadly ovate leaves, to which the name refers. The name is extended to the other species of the genus, 3 of which are found in North America, L. convallarioides being the most notable. In America the name is also applied to the members of the genus Liparis, which bear two leaves, springing, however, from the root L. liliifolia, with purple flowers, is a very handsome species.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Twayblade twā′blād a European orchid, a plant a foot high bearing a raceme of green flowers and a pair of broad ovate leaves—hence the name.
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