witches'-broom

[wich-iz-broom, -broo m]
noun Plant Pathology.
  1. an abnormal, brushlike growth of small thin branches on woody plants, caused especially by fungi, viruses, and mistletoes.

Origin of witches'-broom

First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for witches'-broom

witches'-broom

witchbroom witches'-besom

noun
  1. a dense abnormal growth of shoots on a tree or other woody plant, usually caused by parasitic fungi of the genus Taphrina
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