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pitcher plant

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noun
  1. 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.
  2. the common pitcher plant, S. purpurea, having red or green leaves and a large, nodding, globular dull-red flower.
  3. 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

Historical Examples

  • We cannot help asking ourselves why the pitcher-plant entraps these insects.

    Chatterbox, 1905.</p>

    Various

  • It was the pitcher-plant, which I had never seen in blossom before.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

  • 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.

    The Haunters of the Silences

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • She was one of the few creatures who had learned the secret of the pitcher-plant and knew how to turn it to account.

    The Haunters of the Silences

    Charles G. D. Roberts


British Dictionary definitions for pitcher plant

pitcher plant

noun
  1. 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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