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