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[suhn-doo, -dyoo]
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  1. any of several small, carnivorous bog plants of the genus Drosera, having sticky hairs that trap insects.
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Origin of sundew

1570–80; < Dutch sondauw (compare German Sonnentau), translation of Latin rōs sōlis dew of the sun
Also called dew plant, rosa solis.
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  1. any of several bog plants of the genus Drosera, having leaves covered with sticky hairs that trap and digest insects: family Droseraceae
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Word Origin

C16: translation of Latin ros solis
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