broomrape

noun
broom·​rape | \ ˈbrüm-ˌrāp How to pronounce broomrape (audio) , ˈbru̇m-\

Definition of broomrape

: any of a genus (Orobanche of the family Orobanchaceae, the broomrape family) of herbs that have leaves modified to scales and that grow as parasites on the roots of other plants

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Probing naked broomrape’s common and Latin names rapidly leads down the rabbit hole of the arcane. New York Times, "The Flower That Must Not Be Named," 13 June 2018 Ferment these oral ingredients in the cask of time and the result is the hideous common name, naked broomrape. New York Times, "The Flower That Must Not Be Named," 13 June 2018 The plant bears some of the least attractive common names in the plant kingdom: Some know it as naked broomrape. New York Times, "The Flower That Must Not Be Named," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of broomrape

1578, in the meaning defined above

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