broomrape

[broom-reyp, broo m-]

Origin of broomrape

1570–80; partial translation of Medieval Latin rāpum genistae tuber of the broom plant
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broomrape

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 for broomrape

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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