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 In 2020 the butterwort began to attract a lot more attention following a report from Andrej Pavlovič’s biophysics lab at Palacký University in the Czech Republic. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Mar. 2022 As in other flowering plants, jasmonates orchestrate the butterwort’s defense against its enemies. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Mar. 2022 So are sundews and butterworts, which catch bugs with sticky hairs. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 21 July 2017 The greenhouse benches are full of other jewels, including butterworts and sundews. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, 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 5 Jul. 2022.

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