[ beech-drops ]
/ ˈbitʃˌdrɒps /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

a low plant, Epifagus virginiana, of the broomrape family, without green foliage, parasitic upon the roots of the beech.

Origin of beechdrops

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; beech + drop + -s3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019