from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various parasitic herbs of the genus Orobanche, having purplish or yellowish flowers and small scalelike leaves that lack chlorophyll. Broomrape grows on the roots of various plants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various plants, of the genus Orobanche, that are parasitic on the roots of other plants
Translation of Medieval Latin rāpum genistae : Latin rāpum, underground stock of a tree + Latin genistae, genitive of genista, broom (from the growth of these tubers on the roots of broom).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
broom + rape (Wiktionary)