pitcher plant

noun

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

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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 Plants and animals featured in the exhibit include: Venus fly traps, pitcher plants, the panther chameleon, naked mole rats, leaf-cutter ants, electric eels, and the giant Pacific octopus, among others. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, "Akron Zoo to host 'Why So Curious' events in February," 24 Jan. 2018 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 According to National Geographic’s Sandrine Ceurstemont, previous studies have typically looked at pitcher plants in the spring and summer. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Pitcher Plants Have Been Quietly Snacking on Baby Salamanders," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of pitcher plant

1810, in the meaning defined above

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