witchweed

[ wich-weed ]
/ ˈwɪtʃˌwid /

noun

an Old World parasitic plant of the genus Striga, introduced into the southern U.S.: a serious pest of corn and other grass crops.

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Origin of witchweed

First recorded in 1900–05; witch + weed1
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British Dictionary definitions for witchweed

witchweed
/ (ˈwɪtʃˌwiːd) /

noun

any of several scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Striga, esp S. hermonthica, that are serious pests of grain crops in parts of Africa and Asia
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