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noun, plural catch·flies.
  1. any of various plants, especially of the genera Silene and Lychnis, having a viscid secretion on the stem and calyx in which small insects are sometimes caught.
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Origin of catchfly

1590–1600; from phrase catch (the) fly
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Related Words for catch flies

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British Dictionary definitions for catch flies


noun plural -flies
  1. any of several caryophyllaceous plants of the genus Silene that have sticky calyxes and stems on which insects are sometimes trapped
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