from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A brownish eastern North American annual plant (Epifagus virginiana) having scalelike leaves and whitish tubular flowers with brown-purple stripes. It is parasitic on the roots of the beech tree.
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- n. Epifagus virginiana or Epifagus americana, a parasitic plant which grows on the roots of beech trees.
Leafless herbs like beechdrops, lavender toothwort, and various bright-flowered small orchids, often without green leaves, were everywhere, growing from the roots of other living plants or their decaying remains.
"Then I think these would be called 'beechdrops,'" she said, getting up and brushing her hands together to dust them off.
She implies that "unlimited growth would eventually lead to the end of beech trees and beechdrops."