cancerroot

[ kan-ser-root, -root ]
/ ˈkæn sərˌrut, -ˌrʊt /

noun

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

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Origin of cancerroot

1705–15; cancer + root1; so called from its folk-medicinal use in treating cancerous growths
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