[ flahy-trap ]

  1. any of various plants that entrap insects, especially the Venus flytrap.

  2. fly trap, a trap for catching flies or other insects.

Origin of flytrap

First recorded in 1765–75; fly1 + trap1

Words Nearby flytrap Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use flytrap in a sentence

  • Don Draper versus a guy who became famous for playing Venus flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati?

  • Along the edge of the mask is a fringe of inward-pointing spines like those which edge the leaf margins of a venus flytrap.

    Book of Monsters | David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
  • I never knew one of them to claim less than that for a patent flytrap or an improved sausage stuffer.

    Round the Block | John Bell Bouton
  • 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


/ (ˈflaɪˌtræp) /

  1. any of various insectivorous plants, esp Venus's flytrap

  2. a device for catching flies

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