Venus flytrap


Venus fly·​trap -ˈflī-ˌtrap How to pronounce Venus flytrap (audio)
: an insectivorous plant (Dionaea muscipula) of the sundew family of the Carolina coast with the leaf apex modified into an insect trap

called also Venus's-flytrap

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Examples of Venus flytrap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a bit more nature, head to Carolina Beach State Park (home to the Venus flytrap) to try your hand at kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 18 May 2024 This classic summer vacation spot is also home to natural gifts, including Carolina Beach State Park, with some of the area's finest fishing and the Flytrap Trail, named for the carnivorous Venus flytrap plants along its path. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, 1 Mar. 2024 The petite plant kit has nine different types of tropical plants in Lego brick format that result in a collection of prickly pears, jade plants, and Venus flytraps, popping out of terracotta-reminiscent pots. Melissa Epifano,, 3 Feb. 2024 The monsters on display are meant to perk us up (our heroes are chased by mutant grasshoppers, who get eaten by mutant Venus flytraps), but they, too, are unleashed in an onslaught that’s more random than not. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 21 Dec. 2023 As fascinating as these plants are, none have captured the human imagination in the way that the Venus flytrap has. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 5 Sep. 2023 The Venus flytraps of social media are a case in point; so is the heedless embrace of artificial intelligence. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 According to a new paper published in the journal Current Biology, this mutant flytrap doesn't snap closed in response to stimulation like typical Venus flytraps. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2023 The same drugs quiet the gyrations of pea tendrils and the clenching of Venus flytraps. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Venus flytrap was in 1930

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“Venus flytrap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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Venus flytrap

variants or Venus's-flytrap
: an insect-eating plant that grows along the Carolina coast and has the tip of each leaf formed into an insect trap
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