Cancer root

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(Bot.) the name of several low plants, mostly parasitic on roots, as the beech drops, the squawroot, etc.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Another related parasitic species which has arguably the most beautiful flower is the one-flowered broomrape (Orobanche uniflora), also known as cancer-root. It has a white five-petaled flower with fine pink lines in the petals.
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