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[blad-er-wurt, -wawrt] /ˌblæd ərˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
any of various plants of the genus Utricularia, including aquatic, terrestrial, and epiphytic forms throughout the world.
Origin of bladderwort
1805-15; bladder + wort2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The bladderwort, reputed common on these marshes, seems to have become much scarcer than it was twenty years back.

  • One of the most curious enemies of our freshwater fishes is a small floating water-weed, the bladderwort.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Built on a very different model is the bladderwort, busy in stagnant ponds near the sea coast from Nova Scotia to Texas.

  • The general idea of the bladderwort is exactly that of the eel-pots so common in some parts of the Thames.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • As in the case of its cousinry a-land, the bladderwort at its leisure dines upon its prey.

British Dictionary definitions for bladderwort


any aquatic plant of the genus Utricularia, some of whose leaves are modified as small bladders to trap minute aquatic animals: family Lentibulariaceae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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