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[blad-er-wurt, -wawrt]
  1. any of various plants of the genus Utricularia, including aquatic, terrestrial, and epiphytic forms throughout the world.
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Origin of bladderwort

First recorded in 1805–15; bladder + wort2
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Examples from the Web for bladderwort

Historical Examples of bladderwort

  • The bladderwort, reputed common on these marshes, seems to have become much scarcer than it was twenty years back.

    The Call of the Wildflower

    Henry S. Salt

  • The general idea of the bladderwort is exactly that of the eel-pots so common in some parts of the Thames.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • One of the most curious enemies of our freshwater fishes is a small floating water-weed, the bladderwort.

  • Built on a very different model is the bladderwort, busy in stagnant ponds near the sea coast from Nova Scotia to Texas.

  • As in the case of its cousinry a-land, the bladderwort at its leisure dines upon its prey.

British Dictionary definitions for bladderwort


  1. any aquatic plant of the genus Utricularia, some of whose leaves are modified as small bladders to trap minute aquatic animals: family Lentibulariaceae
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