broomrape

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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broomrape

any member of about 150 species of the genus Orobanche and its family (Orobanchaceae, order Lamiales), which contains 99 genera (including Boschniakia) and about 2,000 species in all. All are parasitic herbs, with little green tissue (i.e., they have little chlorophyll and do not produce their food photosynthetically to any great extent); instead, they draw nourishment from the roots of other plants by means of small suckers

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