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A fleshy white or reddish plant (Monotropa hypopitys) in the heath family, growing as a saprophyte or parasite on tree roots and having racemes with a few drooping flowers.
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(Plants) a fleshy yellowish-red perennial herb of N America (Monotropa hypopitys)
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any of several parasitic or saprophytic plants of the genus Monotropa, as the reddish M. hypopithys, and M. uniflora, the Indian pipe.
[1830–40, Amer.]
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Noun1.pinesap - fleshy tawny or reddish saprophytic herb resembling the Indian pipe and growing in woodland humus of eastern North Americapinesap - fleshy tawny or reddish saprophytic herb resembling the Indian pipe and growing in woodland humus of eastern North America; in some classifications placed in a separate genus Hypopitys
wild flower, wildflower - wild or uncultivated flowering plant
genus Monotropa, Monotropa - leafless fleshy saprophytic plants; in some classifications placed in the family Pyrolaceae
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This paper-pushing bureaucrat spends his days "in a building utterly bereft of wood," longing for the smell of pinesap. Although his wife, Beth, urges him to quit and work in a local arboretum, Harry settles for buying a lottery ticket each week and yearning for a stroke of good luck.
Gene expression levels were normalized to those of the reference pinesap Actin5, Actin3, and SAND genes (primers are provided in Supplementary Table 1), which transcripts were evenly represented in six transcriptomes [51].
One of these is pinesap (Hypopitys monotropa), a close relative of Indian pipe.
Most of the bottles held amber-colored liquids that made him think of pinesap. Other bottles were clear and harmless-looking, filled with vodka and gin.
This was the very end of August, the contrail to a heady summer of sandy, entwined feet and dawn meetings down pinesap trails, of moon-cool nights along roadside cornfields in the stale carpet of her hatchback, in rowboats floating among the pond lilies and frogs--a summer that ended in a sweaty rush after Fergus moved into the single-sex dorm of her Quaker college.
When it was finished I had pinesap all over my clothes and hands, sawdust in my hair and several cuts on my fingers.
These include plants in the wintergreen family, such as Indian pipe, pinesap, and sweet pinesap.