broom rape

broomrape

[broom-reyp, broom-]
noun
any of various parasitic plants, especially of the genus Orobanche, living on the roots of broom and other plants.


Origin:
1570–80; partial translation of Medieval Latin rāpum genistae tuber of the broom plant

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broomrape (ˈbruːmˌreɪp, ˈbrʊm-)
 
n
any orobanchaceous plant of the genus Orobanche: brownish small-flowered leafless parasites on the roots of other plants, esp on legumes
 
[C16: adaptation and partial translation of Medieval Latin rāpum genistae tuber (hence: root nodule) of Genista (a type of broom plant)]

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