Broom rape

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Broom rape (Bot) A genus (Orobanche) of parasitic plants of Europe and Asia. They are destitute of chlorophyll, have scales instead of leaves, and spiked flowers, and grow attached to the roots of other plants, as furze, clover, flax, wild carrot, etc. The name is sometimes applied to other plants related to this genus, as Aphyllon uniflorumand Aphyllon Ludovicianum.
    • Broom rape (Bot) See Broom rape, in the Vocabulary.
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Usage

In literature:

The toothworts and broom rapes are Draconidae, I think, and wholly parasites.
"Proserpina, Volume 2" by John Ruskin
It was the lesser broom rape, and hardly a clover plant escaped this parasitic growth.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
A large and particularly fleshy broom-rape, recently flowering, festered unpleasantly everywhere.
"The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad" by Edward John Thompson
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In news:

BROOME – The owner of a Norwich apartment complex was arrested for fraud Thursday in connection with his alleged failure to provide workers' compensation insurance for an employee who was raped and murdered in 2007.
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