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[vee-nuh-siz-flahy-trap] /ˈvi nə sɪzˈflaɪˌtræp/
a carnivorous plant, Dionaea muscipula, native to bogs of North and South Carolina, having roundish leaves with two lobes that close like a trap when certain delicate hairs on them are irritated, as by a fly: the range is now reduced, though the plants are still locally abundant.
Also called Venus flytrap.
Origin of Venus's-flytrap
An Americanism dating back to 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Along the edge of the mask is a fringe of inward-pointing spines like those which edge the leaf margins of a venus flytrap.

    Book of Monsters David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
British Dictionary definitions for venus flytrap


an insectivorous plant, Dionaea muscipula, of Carolina, having hinged two-lobed leaves that snap closed when the sensitive hairs on the surface are touched: family Droseraceae See also sundew, pitcher plant, butterwort
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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