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sundew

[suhn-doo, -dyoo] /ˈsʌnˌdu, -ˌdyu/
noun
1.
any of several small, carnivorous bog plants of the genus Drosera, having sticky hairs that trap insects.
Also called dew plant, rosa solis.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Dutch sondauw (compare German Sonnentau), translation of Latin rōs sōlis dew of the sun
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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

sundew

/ˈsʌnˌdjuː/
noun
1.
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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