Broomrape meaning

bro͝om'rāp', bro͝om'-
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.
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Any of a genus (Orobanche) of the broomrape family of leafless, fleshy, parasitic plants growing on the roots of other plants.
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Designating a family (Orobanchaceae, order Scrophulariales) of dicotyledonous leafless plants, including beechdrops, parasitic on the roots of other plants.
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Any of various plants, of the genus Orobanche, that are parasitic on the roots of other plants.
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Origin of broomrape

  • Translation 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)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • broom +‎ rape
    From Wiktionary