Definition of broomrape in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbro͞omˌrāp/
Pronunciation: /ˈbro͝omˌrāp/


A parasitic plant that bears tubular flowers on a leafless brown stem. It is attached by its tubers to the roots of a host plant, which may be any of a number of species.
  • Genus Orobanche, family Orobanchaceae.
Example sentences
  • The broomrapes (Orobanche spp.) are obligate parasitic weeds that cause severe damage to hosts.
  • Likewise, the subtree of broomrapes alone does not differ from that of photosynthetic plants in degree of constraint.
  • So far, U.S. sunflower growers have not been plagued by broomrape.


Late 16th century: from broom + Latin rapum 'tuber'.

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Syllabification: broom·rape

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