Indian pipe

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Definition of Indian pipe

: a white, waxy perennial herb (Monotropa uniflora of the family Ericaceae, the heath family) of Asia and North America that lacks chlorophyll, has leaves reduced to scales and a stem terminated by a single bell-shaped flower, and turns black following seed maturation

Note: The roots of the Indian pipe contain mycorrhizal fungi from which it acquires nutrients which the fungi's mycelium has obtained by invading the roots of nearby trees (such as beech and pine).

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circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Indian pipe was circa 1818

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Indian pipe

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Kids Definition of Indian pipe

: a waxy white leafless woodland herb with a single drooping flower

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