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.
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.
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.