- any of several small, carnivorous bog plants of the genus Drosera, having sticky hairs that trap insects.
Origin of sundew
1570–80; < Dutch sondauw (compare German Sonnentau), translation of Latin rōs sōlis dew of the sun
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Examples from the Web for sundew
In a small marsh near the end of the garden were some plants of the sundew.The Swan and Her Crew
George Christopher Davies
The member of this species best known to British botanists is the sundew.The Little Gleaner, Vol. X.
Again, the mossy bog may glisten in the sun, and thousands of sundew plants with their pink leaves are growing upon the surface.
No little creature of tender wing ever touches a sundew except under penalty of death.Lancashire</p>
Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
One might see the same spirit in his way of speaking of Sundew, earthworms, &c.
- any of several bog plants of the genus Drosera, having leaves covered with sticky hairs that trap and digest insects: family Droseraceae
C16: translation of Latin ros solis
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