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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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Examples from the Web for catchfly

Historical Examples of catchfly

  • A Catchfly which is not viscid, with the flowers collected into a tuft.

    Lachesis Lapponica

    Carl von Linn

  • It turned out to be a catchfly, and, like the Kentucky warbler, it became common a little later.

  • They are found on many plants, such as Salvia glutinosa, Plumbago, and Catchfly.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • It feeds on the seeds of catchfly, campion, and will eat those of sweet-william and garden pinks.

British Dictionary definitions for catchfly


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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