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false beechdrops

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noun
  1. See under pinesap.
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Origin of false beechdrops

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60

pinesap

[pahyn-sap]
noun
  1. either of two parasitic or saprophytic plants of the genus Monotropa, especially the tawny or reddish M. hypopithys (false beechdrops), of eastern North America.
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Compare Indian pipe.

Origin of pinesap

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; pine1 + sap1
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