Venus's-flytrap

[ vee-nuh-siz-flahy-trap ]
/ ˈvi nə sɪzˈflaɪˌtræp /

noun

a carnivorous plant, Dionaea muscipula, native to bogs of North and South Carolina, having roundish leaves with two lobes that close like a trap when certain delicate hairs on them are irritated, as by a fly: the range is now reduced, though the plants are still locally abundant.

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Also called Venus flytrap.

Origin of Venus's-flytrap

An Americanism dating back to 1760–70
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British Dictionary definitions for Venus's-flytrap

Venus's-flytrap

Venus flytrap


noun

an insectivorous plant, Dionaea muscipula, of Carolina, having hinged two-lobed leaves that snap closed when the sensitive hairs on the surface are touched: family DroseraceaeSee also sundew, pitcher plant, butterwort
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