noun, plural catch·flies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. catchcry,
  2. catcher,
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  4. catcher resonator,
  5. catcher's box,
  6. catching,
  7. catching pen,
  8. catchingly,
  9. catchline,
  10. catchment

Origin of catchfly

1590–1600; from phrase catch (the) fly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for catchfly


noun plural -flies

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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