Orobanche

noun

Oro·​ban·​che
: a large genus (the type of the family Orobanchaceae) of root-parasitic herbs native to the Old World and western America that have fleshy yellowish white and spicate bracted flowers see broomrape

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin, broomrape, from Greek orobanchē dodder, broomrape, from orobos bitter vetch, chick-pea + anchein to strangle

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“Orobanche.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Orobanche. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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