from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The dodder, Cuscuta, and, in books, the broom-rape, Orobanche. Compare strangle-tare.


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  • In defense of cow parsley and primrose—but strangleweed and striga are on their own.

    Stow the Mower, Stop Pulling

  • The physician and herbalist John Gerard observed in 1597 that a pernicious crop-killer called dodder, or strangleweed, "changeth and altereth" according to its companion plants.

    Stow the Mower, Stop Pulling

  • Four centuries on, Consuelo de Moraes, a biologist at Pennsylvania State University, found that strangleweed, like a snake in the dark, could detect the scent of its prey.

    Stow the Mower, Stop Pulling


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