any of various plants that entrap insects, especially Venus's-flytrap.
a trap for flies.

Origin of flytrap

First recorded in 1765–75; fly2 + trap1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for flytrap

Contemporary Examples of flytrap

Historical Examples of flytrap

  • The Hodge flytrap fitted to the windows of dairy barns is a useful means of destroying stable flies.

    Special Report on Diseases of Cattle

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Come along, don't stand there with your mouth open like a flytrap.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The mouth opened like a flytrap; the eyes were small and intensely guileless.

    Round the Block

    John Bell Bouton

British Dictionary definitions for flytrap



any of various insectivorous plants, esp Venus's flytrap
a device for catching flies
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