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 It’s about water quality, it’s about public access to nature, it’s about ecological interconnection from the pitcher plant bogs of Splinter Hill to the last little islands before the river opens onto the Gulf of Mexico. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al, 9 Jan. 2022 The show’s playful look is like the sweet-smelling nectar of a pitcher plant, luring unsuspecting viewers into its welcoming cavity, only to plunge them into deeper, scarier emotions. The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2021 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, 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, 18 Feb. 2020 Surprisingly, the pond garden can be scented, with pitcher plants and waterlilies, particularly tropical varieties. Washington Post, 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, 18 Nov. 2019 Liz Langley looks at other food storers, from pitcher plants to pelicans to chipmunks. National Geographic, 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, 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pitcher plant

1810, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pitcher plant was in 1810

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18 Jan 2022

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“Pitcher plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitcher%20plant. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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