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  1. any American pitcher plant of the genus Sarracenia, having single nodding flowers and leaves modified as pitchers that trap and digest insects: family Sarraceniaceae
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Word Origin

C18: New Latin, named after D. Sarrazin, 17th-century botanist of Quebec
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Examples from the Web for sarracenia

Historical Examples

  • An extraordinary number of insects are caught by these Sarracenia vases.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • A large hunting spider, creeping among the grass and weeds, discovered the handsome cluster of the sarracenia.

    The Haunters of the Silences

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • They had not gone far when Phil and two of the girls came running up with hands full of the Sarracenia, or pitcher-plant.

  • Leaf of Sarracenia purpurea, entire, and another with the upper part cut off.

  • On the insects more particularly associated with Sarracenia variolaris (Spotted trumpet-leaf).