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broomrape

[broom-reyp, broo m-] /ˈbrumˌreɪp, ˈbrʊm-/
noun
1.
any of various parasitic plants, especially of the genus Orobanche, living on the roots of broom and other plants.
Compare broomrape family.
Origin of broomrape
1570-1580
1570-80; partial translation of Medieval Latin rāpum genistae tuber of the broom plant
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broomrape

/ˈbruːmˌreɪp; ˈbrʊm-/
noun
1.
any orobanchaceous plant of the genus Orobanche: brownish small-flowered leafless parasites on the roots of other plants, esp on legumes
Word Origin
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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