capitalized : the type genus of Droseraceae comprising numerous low perennial or biennial bog-inhabiting insectivorous plants generally with leaves in a basal tuft and flowers in a one-sided racemose inflorescence on a naked scape see sundew
plural -s
: any plant of the genus Drosera
: the air-dried flowering plant of either of two droseras (D. rotundifolia and D. longifolia) formerly used in the medication of chest disorders

Word History


New Latin, from Greek, feminine of droseros dewy, watery, from drosos dew, water

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“Drosera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drosera. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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