beechdrops
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1815 a plant (Epifagus virginiana) of the broomrape family parasitic on the roots of beeches

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  • beechdrops — ☆ beechdrops [bēch′dräps΄ ] pl.n. [with sing. v.] a wiry North American plant (Epifagus virginiana) of the broomrape family with brown stems and small purplish flowers, parasitic on beech roots …   English World dictionary

  • beechdrops — /beech drops /, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a low plant, Epifagus virginiana, of the broomrape family, without green foliage, parasitic upon the roots of the beech. [1805 15, Amer.; BEECH + DROP + S3] * * * …   Universalium

  • beechdrops — noun Epifagus americana, a parasitic plant which grows on the roots of beeches …   Wiktionary

  • beechdrops — beech•drops [[t]ˈbitʃˌdrɒps[/t]] n. pl. drops. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) pln a low plant, Epifagus virginiana, of the broomrape family, without green foliage, parasitic upon the roots of the beech • Etymology: 1805–15, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • beechdrops — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun plural but singular or plural in construction 1. : a low wiry plant (Epifagus virginiana) parasitic on the roots of beeches 2. : squawroot …   Useful english dictionary

  • false beechdrops. — See under pinesap. [1855 60, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • carolina beechdrops — noun plural but often singular in construction Usage: usually capitalized C : a rare purple or purplish brown American herb (Monotropsis odorata) with pink flowers …   Useful english dictionary

  • false beechdrops — noun : a pinesap (Monotropa hypopiths) …   Useful english dictionary

  • false beechdrops. — See under pinesap. [1855 60, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

  • pinedrops — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun plural but singular or plural in construction 1. : a purplish brown leafless saprophytic plant (Pterospora andromedea) of the family Pyrolaceae with racemose drooping white flowers 2. : beechdrops * * * /puyn drops /, n., pl.… …   Useful english dictionary

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