Indian pipe
noun Date: circa 1818 a waxy white saprophytic herb (Monotropa uniflora of the family Monotropaceae, the Indian-pipe family) of Asia and North America with leaves reduced to scales and that turns black in drying

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  • Indian pipe — Indian In di*an (?; 277), a. [From India, and this fr. Indus, the name of a river in Asia, L. Indus, Gr. ?, OPers. Hindu, name of the land on the Indus, Skr. sindhu river, the Indus. Cf. {Hindu}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to India… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indian pipe — ☆ Indian pipe n. a leafless, fleshy, white, saprophytic plant (Monotropa uniflora) of the heath family, native to the forests of the Northern Hemisphere: its unbranched, erect stalks each bear a single, nodding, white flower …   English World dictionary

  • Indian pipe — vienažiedė gluosvė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gluosvinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Monotropa uniflora), paplitęs rytų Azijoje ir Šiaurės ir Pietų Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Monotropa uniflora angl. Indian pipe šaltinis Valstybinės… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Indian pipe — a leafless, pearly white, saprophytic plant, Monotropa uniflora, of North America and Asia, having a solitary white flower and resembling a tobacco pipe. [1785 95, Amer.] * * * Nongreen herbaceous plant (Monotropa uniflora) that is saprophytic… …   Universalium

  • Indian pipe — In′dian pipe′ n. pln a leafless, pearly white saprophytic plant, Monotropa uniflora, having a solitary white flower • Etymology: 1785–95, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • Indian pipe — /ɪndiən ˈpaɪp/ (say indeeuhn puyp) noun a leafless saprophytic plant, Monotropa uniflora, of North America and Asia, having a solitary flower, and resembling a tobacco pipe …   Australian English dictionary

  • Indian pipe — noun small waxy white or pinkish white saprophytic woodland plant having scalelike leaves and a nodding flower; turns black with age • Syn: ↑waxflower, ↑Monotropa uniflora • Hypernyms: ↑wildflower, ↑wild flower • Member Holonyms: ↑Monotr …   Useful english dictionary

  • indian-pipe family — noun Usage: usually capitalized I : pyrolaceae …   Useful english dictionary

  • Indian — In di*an (?; 277), a. [From India, and this fr. Indus, the name of a river in Asia, L. Indus, Gr. ?, OPers. Hindu, name of the land on the Indus, Skr. sindhu river, the Indus. Cf. {Hindu}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to India proper; also …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indian — In di*an (?; 277), a. [From India, and this fr. Indus, the name of a river in Asia, L. Indus, Gr. ?, OPers. Hindu, name of the land on the Indus, Skr. sindhu river, the Indus. Cf. {Hindu}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to India proper; also …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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