blad·​der·​wort ˈbla-dər-ˌwərt How to pronounce bladderwort (audio)
: any of a genus (Utricularia of the family Lentibulariaceae, the bladderwort family) of chiefly aquatic plants having leaves with tiny saclike structures to trap small invertebrates

Examples of bladderwort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, the pitcher plant must draw its nitrogen from animal prey--just as other bog plants do, such as the Venus flytrap, the sundew, and the bladderwort. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 This fearsome looking creature, a humped bladderwort, is a freshwater carnivorous plant, magnified 100x. Discover Magazine, 14 Oct. 2015 Taking just a few milliseconds to open and close, the bladderwort’s speedy trap was not fully documented until 2010, when researchers captured the process using high-speed video. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 26 Aug. 2015 The bladderwort sets its traps by pumping out the water inside them. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2011 But flowers with pollen concealed within their petals, such as the common bladderwort, decreased their UV pigment as temperatures went up—regardless of whether ozone levels changed. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, 28 Sep. 2020 In puddle-deep tracks next to the levees the endless squiggles of Florida bladderwort, an aquatic plant, kept looking like snakes, and weren’t. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, 11 July 2019 The zoo will also have carnivorous plants such as Venus flytrap, pitcher plant and bladderwort. James Ewinger,, 24 May 2017 Throughout its evolutionary history, the bladderwort acquired its curated genetic possessions in a couple of ways. Joanna Klein, New York Times, 19 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bladderwort was in 1776

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“Bladderwort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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blad·​der·​wort -ˌwərt How to pronounce bladderwort (audio)
: any of several plants growing in water or on wet shores and having insect-catching bladders on the stem

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