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[suhn-doo, -dyoo] /ˈsʌnˌdu, -ˌdyu/
any of several small, carnivorous bog plants of the genus Drosera, having sticky hairs that trap insects.
Also called dew plant, rosa solis.
Origin of sundew
1570-80; < Dutch sondauw (compare German Sonnentau), translation of Latin rōs sōlis dew of the sun Unabridged
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  • The sundew's red and green, spatulate leaves are covered with sticky hairs.
  • The insect is caught by the mucilage, then the sundew digests it.
  • Other carnivorous plants, such as the sundew, produce a sticky material that catches insects.
  • The sundew uses its sparkling, sticky surface to entice and trap insects.
  • The bogs contain unusual indigenous plant species, including two carnivorous plants, the sundew and the pitcher plant.
  • Some bays are open-water depressions dotted with pond cypress trees and rimmed by pitcher plants and sundew.
  • Herbaceous vegetation in bogs usually contains several carnivorous plants including pitcher plant and round-leaf sundew.
  • Pitcher plants and sundew plants were observed growing in various locations around the shoreline.
  • Insectivorous plants such as pitcher plant and sundew can be quite numerous.
  • In this even poorer environment, bladderworts are joined by the tiny sundew on the list of carnivores.
British Dictionary definitions for sundew


any of several bog plants of the genus Drosera, having leaves covered with sticky hairs that trap and digest insects: family Droseraceae
Word Origin
C16: translation of Latin ros solis
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