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  1. any of several insectivorous plants of the genus Drosera, having leaves covered with sticky hairs, comprising the sundews.
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Origin of drosera

< New Latin (Linnaeus), the genus name < Greek droserá, feminine of droserós dewy, equivalent to drós(os) dew + -eros adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for drosera

Historical Examples

  • Drosera, dros′er-a, n. a genus of small herbaceous plants of the order Droserace, generally inhabiting marshy places.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • I shall be glad to receive the drosera at any time, if 311 you chance to come across it.

  • Our common Sun-dews (Drosera) are also insectivorous, the prey being in their case captured by glutinous hairs.

    The Beauties of Nature

    Sir John Lubbock

  • In 1860 he had already begun to observe Sundew (Drosera), and was full of astonishment at its behaviour.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

  • It is very curious, but Trecul disbelieves that Drosera really clasps flies!