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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After propagating the purple pitcher plant, those involved in the project reintroduce plants into the wild. Sarah Jay, Discover Magazine, 17 Dec. 2021 Samantha Stephens, a Canadian photographer, took home this year’s top prize with her otherworldly image of a carnivorous pitcher plant preparing to devour a pair of dead salamanders near the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station in Ontario, Canada. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Jan. 2023 Fairhope should all be pitcher plant bogs. al, 15 Aug. 2022 Oh, to be a pitcher plant. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 12 Jan. 2018 One evolutionary step that has many biologists puzzled is where the pitcher plant leaf shape came from. Leslie Nemo, Discover Magazine, 28 Oct. 2020 And check out a handful of waterfalls situated amid an unusually diverse range of flora, like the endangered Kral’s water plantain and carnivorous green pitcher plant. Alison Van Houten, Outside Online, 6 June 2019 Bacteria facilitate prey retention by the pitcher plant Darlingtonia californica. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 12 Dec. 2016 Canadian photographer Samantha Stephens has been awarded the title Close-up Photographer of the Year, with her striking image of a pair of salamanders being consumed by a carnivorous pitcher plant in Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 5 Feb. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'pitcher plant.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pitcher plant was in 1810

Dictionary Entries Near pitcher plant

Cite this Entry

“Pitcher plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitcher%20plant. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

pitcher plant

: any of various plants with modified leaves which form a tube resembling a pitcher for catching and digesting insects

More from Merriam-Webster on pitcher plant

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!