Cuscuta

noun

Cus·​cu·​ta
(ˌ)kəˈsk(y)ütə
: a large and widely distributed genus of twining leafless parasitic herbs (family Convolvulaceae) comprising the dodders and having whitish or yellow filamentous stems

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, dodder, from Arabic kushūth, kashūta, kashūtha

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“Cuscuta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cuscuta. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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