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Venus flytrap

[ vee-nuhs flahy-trap ]

noun

  1. a carnivorous plant, Dionaea muscipula, native to bogs of North Carolina and South Carolina, having roundish leaves with two lobes that close like a trap when tiny, sensitive hairs on their inner surfaces are irritated, as by a fly: classified as a vulnerable species and currently known to exist naturally only in sites within 56 miles (90 kilometers) of Wilmington, North Carolina.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Venus flytrap1

First recorded in 1925–30

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Example Sentences

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.

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