- any of various insectivorous New World bog plants of the genera Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, and Heliamphora, having tubular or trumpet-shaped leaves containing a liquid in which insects are trapped.
- the common pitcher plant, S. purpurea, having red or green leaves and a large, nodding, globular dull-red flower.
- any of various insectivorous Old World plants of the genus Nepenthes, having leathery leaves each ending in a tendril that bears a lidded, pitcherlike receptacle.
Origin of pitcher plant
First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for pitcher plant
We cannot help asking ourselves why the pitcher-plant entraps these insects.Chatterbox, 1905.
It was the pitcher-plant, which I had never seen in blossom before.Everyday Adventures
He also wants specimens of the "fly-catcher" and of the "pitcher-plant."
An overwhelming cataclysm descended suddenly upon the tiny world of the pitcher-plant.
She was one of the few creatures who had learned the secret of the pitcher-plant and knew how to turn it to account.
- any of various insectivorous plants of the genera Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, Nepenthes, and Cephalotus, having leaves modified to form pitcher-like organs that attract and trap insects, which are then digestedSee also huntsman's-cup
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