[broom-reyp, broo m-]
any of various parasitic plants, especially of the genus Orobanche, living on the roots of broom and other plants.
- broom board,
- broom rape,
- broomrape family,
- broomstick skirt,
Compare broomrape family.
Origin of broomrape
1570–80; partial translation of Medieval Latin rāpum genistae tuber of the broom plant
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Examples from the Web for broomrape
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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