any of a genus (Orobanche) of the broomrape family of leafless, fleshy, parasitic plants growing on the roots of other plants
Origin of broomrapebroom + rape, used as translated, translation of Medieval Latin rapum genistae, literally , broom tuber
designating a family (Orobanchaceae, order Scrophulariales) of dicotyledonous leafless plants, including beechdrops, parasitic on the roots of other plants
Any of various parasitic herbs of the genus Orobanche, having purplish or yellowish flowers and small scalelike leaves that lack chlorophyll. Broomrape grows on the roots of various plants.
Origin of broomrapeTranslation of Medieval Latin rāpum genistae Latin rāpum underground stock of a tree Latin genistae genitive of genista broom (from the growth of these tubers on the roots of broom)