Definition of broomrape in English:

broomrape

Syllabification: broom·rape
Pronunciation: /ˈbro͞omˌrāp, ˈbro͝om-
 
/

noun

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
More 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.

Origin

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

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