Cuscuta

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Cuscuta genus of twining leafless parasitic herbs lacking chlorophyll: dodder
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cuscuta A genus of parasitic plants, natural order Convolvulaceœ; the dodders. They are slender, leafless, yellow or orange-colored twining plants, drawing their nourishment wholly from the herbaceous plants to which they fasten. The flowers are white and the embryo is without cotyledons. There are about 80 species, widely distributed, some of them noxious weeds, as C. Epilinum and C. Trifolii, which are very injurious in fields of flax and clover. See dodder.
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Usage

In literature:

Close to Premsong's I gathered a Clematis, Valerian and a fine Botrychium, a Carex and a Cuscuta.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
As noted in the 'Botanic Garden,' Part II., note on Cuscuta.
"Evolution, Old & New" by Samuel Butler
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