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pitcher plant

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noun

any of various insectivorous New World bog plants of the genera Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, and Heliamphora, having tubular or trumpet-shaped leaves containing a liquid in which insects are trapped.
the common pitcher plant, S. purpurea, having red or green leaves and a large, nodding, globular dull-red flower.
any of various insectivorous Old World plants of the genus Nepenthes, having leathery leaves each ending in a tendril that bears a lidded, pitcherlike receptacle.

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Origin of pitcher plant

First recorded in 1810–20
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pitcher plant

noun

any of various insectivorous plants of the genera Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, Nepenthes, and Cephalotus, having leaves modified to form pitcher-like organs that attract and trap insects, which are then digestedSee also huntsman's-cup
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