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Any of numerous hemiparasitic plants of the genus Pedicularis, having spikes of irregular, usually hooded or beaked flowers.
[From the belief that sheep feeding on it were prone to lice.]
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(Plants) any of various N temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Pedicularis, having spikes of white, yellow, or mauve flowers. See also betony3
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any plant of the genus Pedicularis, of the figwort family, with pinnate leaves of yellow or purple flowers.
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