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pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A purplish-brown, leafless, North American plant (Pterospora andromedea) living as a parasite on roots and having urn-shaped, reddish or white flowers arranged in a terminal raceme.


pl n
(Plants) (functioning as singular) a North American parasitic herb (Pterospora andromedea) that grows on the roots of pine trees and produces red stalks with spikes of pale flowers above ground in summer



n., pl. -drops.
a slender, leafless parasitic North American plant, Pterosporaandromedea, with nodding white-to-red flowers: grows under pines.
[1855–60, Amer.]
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X ERICACEAE (Heather Family) Pterospora andromedea Nutt.