/kan"seuhr rooht', -root'/, n.
any parasitic plant of the genus Orobanche, esp. O. uniflora, of North America, having pale, leafless stalks bearing a single white or purplish flower.
[1705-15; CANCER + ROOT1; so called from its folk-medicinal use in treating cancerous growths]

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