pitcher plant


Definition of pitcher plant

: a plant (especially family Sarraceniaceae, the pitcher-plant family) with pitcher-shaped leaves in which insects are trapped and digested by means of a fluid secreted by the leaves

Examples of pitcher plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each specimen—say, a species of pitcher plant from Florida or a deer mouse from arid New Mexico—is catalogued with a scientific name, a collection date and the place where it was collected, and often with other relevant information. Smithsonian Magazine, "How Museum Collections Could Help Scientists Predict Future Pandemics," 26 June 2020 The family lived for a while in a hut in Borneo, surrounded by pitcher plants, flowers the size of beanbag chairs, flying snakes and pygmy forest elephants. Blair Braverman, New York Times, "His Son Hiked Into the Costa Rican Jungle, and Never Came Out. What Happened?," 18 Feb. 2020 Surprisingly, the pond garden can be scented, with pitcher plants and waterlilies, particularly tropical varieties. Washington Post, "Gardens have largely lost their fragrance. Here’s how we can bring it back.," 4 Dec. 2019 Southwards, the coast yields to low stands of dwarf birch and willow, sphagnum bogs of arctic cotton grass, pitcher plants, blueberries, lingonberries, and cloudberries. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 Liz Langley looks at other food storers, from pitcher plants to pelicans to chipmunks. National Geographic, "Where do your backyard birds migrate in the winter?," 7 Nov. 2019 Multiple companies—Jet Airways, Videocon, and Reliance Communications, to name a few—have crumbled into insolvent pitcher plants, seemingly from positions of strength. Vatsal Bhandari, Quartz India, "This simple formula could have predicted the distress at many bankrupt Indian firms," 29 Oct. 2019 Spend the next few hours inland and explore the Paul H. Douglas Trail, the Little Calumet River Trail, or the Great Marsh Trail, watching for wildlife and scouting for rare plants, like the gaywing or the carnivorous purple pitcher plant. Jacqueline Kehoe, National Geographic, "See soaring sand dunes in America’s newest national park," 15 Feb. 2019 The Desert Room includes exhibits of three main groups of cacti; a secluded oasis pond surrounded by olive, fig, and pomegranate trees; and a Curiosity Corner where visitors can view Venus fly traps, pitcher plants, and sun dews. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Have old-fashioned family fun at Oak Park Fall Fest," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pitcher plant

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Pitcher plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitcher%20plant. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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