[jak-in-th uh-poo l-pit, -puhl-]
- A North American plant, Arisaema triphyllum, of the arum family, having an upright spadix arched over by a green or striped purplish-brown spathe.
Origin of jack-in-the-pulpit
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Have you any house plant that you think is related to Jack-in-the-pulpit?
We do not want the Jack-in-the-pulpit to disappear from our woods.
I'm neither a bird nor a human being, you see; I'm only Jack-in-the-Pulpit.
Betty never failed to visit a part of the grounds devoted to wild flowers, including May-apples and jack-in-the-pulpit.Betty Lee, Freshman
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But he couldn't see Uncle Wiggily because he was safely hidden in the Jack-in-the-pulpit.Uncle Wiggily's Travels
Howard R. Garis
- an E North American aroid plant, Arisaema triphyllum, having a leaflike spathe partly arched over a clublike spadix
- British another name for cuckoopint
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