[broom-reyp, broo m-]


any of various parasitic plants, especially of the genus Orobanche, living on the roots of broom and other plants.

Nearby words

  1. broom board,
  2. broom rape,
  3. broomball,
  4. broomcorn,
  5. broomfield,
  6. broomrape family,
  7. broomstick,
  8. broomstick skirt,
  9. broomy,
  10. broonzy

Origin of broomrape

1570–80; partial translation of Medieval Latin rāpum genistae tuber of the broom plant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions 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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