[ buht-er-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈbʌt ərˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /


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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British Dictionary definitions for butterwort

/ (ˈbʌtəˌwɜːt) /


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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