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 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 Hanging from the ceiling is a potted Asian pitcher plant, its long fleshy cups dangling over the pot’s edges, maws agape. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "Maggots: A taste of food’s future," 3 July 2019 The giant Nepenthes rajah pitcher plant that can trap a rat? Bryn Nelson /, NBC News, "The audacious plan to catalog all life on Earth," 14 June 2018 Mature specimens of Osmanthus ilicifolius, Pinus stobus 'Nana' (Eastern white pine), azaleas and magnolias share the grounds with pitcher plants, pickerel rush and waterlilies. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "See four private estates during the Dunthorpe Garden Tour (photos)," 9 May 2018 After spending two days at Solon Dixon, the group will visit the Ruth McClellan Abronski Splinter Hill Bog Preserve, the world's largest population of pitcher plants. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, AL.com, "Fred Nation set to lead group to Solon Dixon Preserve," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pitcher plant

1810, in the meaning defined above

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