jack–in–the–pulpit

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noun jack–in–the–pul·pit \ˌjak-ən-thə-ˈpu̇l-ˌpit, -pət also -ˈpəl-\

Definition of jack–in–the–pulpit

plural

jack–in–the–pulpits

also

jacks–in–the–pulpit

  1. :  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


JACK–IN–THE–PULPIT Defined for Kids

jack–in–the–pulpit

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noun jack–in–the–pul·pit \ˌjak-ən-thə-ˈpu̇l-ˌpit\

Definition of jack–in–the–pulpit for Students

plural

jack–in–the–pulpits

or

jacks–in–the–pulpit

\ˌjak-sən-\
  1. :  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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