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Meaning of broomrape family

broom'rape fam"ily

Pronunciation: [key]
— adj.
  1. the plant family Orobanchaceae, characterized by scaly, leafless herbaceous plants that are parasitic on the roots of other plants and have irregular flowers and many-seeded capsular fruit, and including beechdrops, broomrape, and squawroot.
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