butterwort

noun
but·​ter·​wort | \ ˈbə-tər-ˌwərt How to pronounce butterwort (audio) , -ˌwȯrt \

Definition of butterwort

: any of a genus (Pinguicula) of herbs of the bladderwort family with fleshy leaves that produce a viscid secretion serving to capture and digest insects

Examples of butterwort in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So are sundews and butterworts, which catch bugs with sticky hairs. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "These hungry bug eaters put on a show," 21 July 2017 The greenhouse benches are full of other jewels, including butterworts and sundews. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "These stunning plants all have one thing in common: A taste for blood," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of butterwort

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Butterwort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterwort. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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