cancer root


[kan-ser-root, -root]
any parasitic plant of the genus Orobanche, especially O. uniflora, of North America, having pale, leafless stalks bearing a single white or purplish flower.

1705–15; cancer + root1; so called from its folk-medicinal use in treating cancerous growths Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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