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pitcher plant

any of various insectivorous New World bog plants of the genera Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, and Heliamphora, having tubular or trumpet-shaped leaves containing a liquid in which insects are trapped.
the common pitcher plant, S. purpurea, having red or green leaves and a large, nodding, globular dull-red flower.
any of various insectivorous Old World plants of the genus Nepenthes, having leathery leaves each ending in a tendril that bears a lidded, pitcherlike receptacle.
Origin of pitcher plant
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He set his teeth and savagely struck at a full cup of the pitcher-plant which had so providentially relieved their killing thirst.

  • We cannot help asking ourselves why the pitcher-plant entraps these insects.

  • An overwhelming cataclysm descended suddenly upon the tiny world of the pitcher-plant.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • It was the pitcher-plant, which I had never seen in blossom before.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • He tore a dry leaf from a notebook and broke the bullet out of a cartridge, damping the powder with water from a pitcher-plant.

  • He also wants specimens of the "fly-catcher" and of the "pitcher-plant."

  • I am afraid that you would hardly be able to answer this question for yourself, however carefully you might watch a pitcher-plant.

  • She was one of the few creatures who had learned the secret of the pitcher-plant and knew how to turn it to account.

    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.

  • Close by grew a pitcher-plant; and a yellow butterfly sat on the edge, bathing its feet, Daisy said.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for pitcher-plant

pitcher plant

any of various insectivorous plants of the genera Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, Nepenthes, and Cephalotus, having leaves modified to form pitcher-like organs that attract and trap insects, which are then digested See also huntsman's-cup
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