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[buht-er-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈbʌt ərˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
any small, carnivorous plant of the genus Pinguicula, having leaves that secrete a viscid substance in which small insects are caught.
Origin of butterwort
First recorded in 1590-1600; butter + wort2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for butterwort
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  • The butterwort (Pinguicula) is another of these carnivorous plants.

    The Beauties of Nature Sir John Lubbock
  • From no catalogue of quaint plants could the butterwort be omitted.

  • The order to which the butterwort and the bladderworts belong also afforded valuable results.

    Life of Charles Darwin

    G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
  • He could watch the butterwort curving round the edges of its wan green foliage upon the captured limbs of fly or aphis.

    Charles Darwin Grant Allen
  • This is the butterwort (Pinguicula), and it is not a bad name, for the leaves remind one of butter.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • There are three British species of butterwort (Pinguicula), similar in structure and habit, all growing in bogs and on wet rocks.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux
British Dictionary definitions for butterwort


a plant of the genus Pinguicula, esp P. vulgaris, that grows in wet places and has violet-blue spurred flowers and fleshy greasy glandular leaves on which insects are trapped and digested: family Lentibulariaceae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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