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false beechdrops

noun
1.
See under pinesap.
Origin of false beechdrops
1855-1860
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60

pinesap

[pahyn-sap] /ˈpaɪnˌsæp/
noun
1.
either of two parasitic or saprophytic plants of the genus Monotropa, especially the tawny or reddish M. hypopithys (false beechdrops) of eastern North America.
Compare Indian pipe.
Origin
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; pine1 + sap1
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