Definition of loranthus in English:


Line breaks: lor|an¦thus
Pronunciation: /lɔːˈranθəs


A semi-parasitic Asian plant of the mistletoe family, which has orange or red flowers and oval berries.
  • Family Loranthaceae; most species formerly in the genus Loranthus are now placed in other genera
More example sentences
  • To kill the parasite, one hole is made by drilling at the bottom of the Loranthus and a mixture of 7 g of copper sulfate and 1g of 2,4-D is applied.
  • Altogether about 1,400 species of parasitic Angiosperms are known, occurring chiefly in the following groups: Archichlamydeae, Santalales, Loranthaceae (the Mistletoes): 30 genera, 520 species, common in tropics; the New Zealand genera are Loranthus, Elytranthe, Tupeia and Korthalsella, all with endemic species.
  • In 1911 Bateson recorded the occurrence of a species of Loranthus growing on rubber trees in Pahang.


modern Latin (genus name), from Latin lorum 'strap' + Greek anthos 'flower'.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day bogle
Pronunciation: ˈbəʊɡ(ə)l
a phantom or goblin