Origin of flytrap

First recorded in 1765–75; fly2 + trap1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of flytrap

Historical Examples of flytrap

  • 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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for flytrap


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