Definition of Orobanche

: 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

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History and Etymology for Orobanche

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 19 Sep. 2020.

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