[kan-ser-root, -roo t]


any parasitic plant of the genus Orobanche, especially O. uniflora, of North America, having pale, leafless stalks bearing a single white or purplish flower.

Nearby words

  1. cancerate,
  2. canceration,
  3. cancerian,
  4. cancerophobia,
  5. cancerous,
  6. cancha,
  7. canción,
  8. cancriform,
  9. cancrine,
  10. cancrizans

Origin of cancerroot

1705–15; cancer + root1; so called from its folk-medicinal use in treating cancerous growths Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019