• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Root-parasite a plant which grows upon, and derives its nourishment from, the root of another plant
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand.; Ice. rót; Dan. rod; Goth. waurts, A.S. wyrt.


In literature:

The law is a parasitic profession and Mr. Root's public career is parasitic.
"The Mirrors of Washington" by Anonymous
Air roots of wild Pines, {131c} or of Matapalos, or of Figs, or of Seguines, {131d} or of some other parasite?
"At Last" by Charles Kingsley
There are certain exceptions to the statement that roots descend into the ground; such as aerial roots and parasitic roots.
"Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf" by Jane H. Newell
The parasite has gripped the bough with strong and interlacing roots; but it is not the bough.
"Lotus Buds" by Amy Carmichael
Under his shelter take root and thrive all monstrous and parasitic growths.
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson
Said to be a parasite on the roots of raspberry.
"European Fungus Flora: Agaricaceae" by George Massee
Air-roots of wild pines, or of Matapalos, or of figs, or of Seguines, or of some other parasite?
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
Love fastens its parasitical roots to all other feelings.
"The Invisible Lodge" by Jean Paul
I had heard that the plant was a root parasite; so it was with much interest and great care I dug about it with my trowel.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Thus it is that parasites take root in the soil of the Church.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
Root-parasites with no green foliage.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
The city sits like a parasite, running out its roots into the open country and draining it of its substance.
"The Country-Life Movement in the United States" by L.H. Bailey

In news:

Neither insect nor disease, the tiny, wormlike parasite called soybean cyst nematode (SCN) attacks soybean roots with such ferocity that yields can be slashed by up to 40% with nary a visual symptom.
Management options for corn nematodes (microscopic, thread-like round worms that are parasites on or in root systems) are limited, but the first seed treatment nematicide for corn was recently registered for use.
They may be decomposers and recyclers of wood, leaf litter, and other organic matter, mycorrhizal symbionts with tree roots, or parasites.
Here, too, the parasitic bear corn feeds on the roots of red oak.