jack-in-the-pul·​pit | \ ˌjak-ən-t͟hə-ˈpu̇l-ˌpit How to pronounce jack-in-the-pulpit (audio) , -pət also -ˈpəl- \
plural jack-in-the-pulpits also jacks-in-the-pulpit

Definition of jack-in-the-pulpit

: a North American spring-flowering woodland herb (Arisaema triphyllum synonym A. atrorubens) of the arum family having an upright club-shaped spadix arched over by a green and purple spathe

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First Known Use of jack-in-the-pulpit

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Jack-in-the-pulpit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jack-in-the-pulpit. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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jack-in-the-pul·​pit | \ ˌjak-ən-t͟hə-ˈpu̇l-ˌpit \
plural jack-in-the-pulpits or jacks-in-the-pulpit\ ˌjak-​sən-​ \

Kids Definition of jack-in-the-pulpit

: a plant that grows in moist shady woods and has a stalk of tiny yellowish flowers protected by a leaf bent over like a hood

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