- any of several insectivorous plants of the genus Drosera, having leaves covered with sticky hairs, comprising the sundews.
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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Drosera, dros′er-a, n. a genus of small herbaceous plants of the order Droserace, generally inhabiting marshy places.
I shall be glad to receive the drosera at any time, if 311 you chance to come across it.The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume VI, Familiar Letters
Henry David Thoreau
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!More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II