Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A parasitic plant growing on the roots of other plants; specifically, a member of a division of plants (the class Rhizantheæ) proposed by Lindley, composed of flowering plants of a fungoid habit, parasitic upon rootstocks and stems. It embraced the present orders Balanophoreæ and Cytinaceæ, now regarded as belonging to the apetalous dicotyledons. The genus Rafflesia is an illustration.
- n. botany One of a proposed class of flowering plants growning on the roots of other plants and lacking green foliage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) One of a proposed class of flowering plants growning on the roots of other plants and destitute of green foliage.
- rhizo- + -gen (Wiktionary)
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