[buht-er-wurt, -wawrt]


any small, carnivorous plant of the genus Pinguicula, having leaves that secrete a viscid substance in which small insects are caught.

Origin of butterwort

First recorded in 1590–1600; butter + wort2
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Examples from the Web for butterwort

Historical Examples of butterwort

  • The Butterwort (Pinguicula) is another of these carnivorous plants.

    The Beauties of Nature

    Sir John Lubbock

  • From no catalogue of quaint plants could the butterwort be omitted.

  • The order to which the butterwort and the bladderworts belong also afforded valuable results.

    Life of Charles Darwin

    G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany

  • He could watch the butterwort curving round the edges of its wan green foliage upon the captured limbs of fly or aphis.

    Charles Darwin

    Grant Allen

  • This is the Butterwort (Pinguicula), and it is not a bad name, for the leaves remind one of butter.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

British Dictionary definitions for butterwort



a plant of the genus Pinguicula, esp P. vulgaris, that grows in wet places and has violet-blue spurred flowers and fleshy greasy glandular leaves on which insects are trapped and digested: family Lentibulariaceae
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