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cancerroot

[kan-ser-root, -roo t] /ˈkæn sərˌrut, -ˌrʊt/
noun
1.
any parasitic plant of the genus Orobanche, especially O. uniflora, of North America, having pale, leafless stalks bearing a single white or purplish flower.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; cancer + root1; so called from its folk-medicinal use in treating cancerous growths
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