sundew

noun
sun·​dew | \ˈsən-(ˌ)dü, -(ˌ)dyü\

Definition of sundew 

: any of a genus (Drosera of the family Droseraceae, the sundew family) of bog-inhabiting insectivorous herbs having leaves covered with gland-tipped adhesive hairs

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Feed one to two leaves of the sundew every week or two. Lyndsey Matthews, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make a Carnivorous Bog Planter," 9 May 2016 My favorite Alabama species are the carnivorous plants, such as Drosera (sundews) and Sarracenia (pitchers). Greg Garrison, AL.com, "Retired Catholic bishop battles cancer," 10 June 2017 The researchers also gathered carnivorous sundew plants (Drosera capensis), which have vibrant, sticky tentacles that bend to ensnare prey. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "We can make plants pass out—with the same drugs that mysteriously knock us out," 12 Dec. 2017 The delicate wetlands are home to rare native sundew, small carnivorous plants that attract insects to sticky residue on their leaves. Don Thompson, The Seattle Times, "Rare birds, wildflowers: Tahoe-area ‘Secret garden’ opens after century," 31 July 2017 The delicate wetlands are home to rare native sundew, small carnivorous plants that attract insects to sticky residue on their leaves. Rich Pedroncelli And Don Thompson, sacbee, "Fly over Sierra valley untouched and hidden from public for a century," 28 July 2017 The delicate wetlands are home to rare native sundew, small carnivorous plants that attract insects to sticky residue on their leaves. Don Thompson, The Seattle Times, "Rare birds, wildflowers: Tahoe-area ‘Secret garden’ opens after century," 31 July 2017 The delicate wetlands are home to rare native sundew, small carnivorous plants that attract insects to sticky residue on their leaves. Rich Pedroncelli And Don Thompson, sacbee, "Fly over Sierra valley untouched and hidden from public for a century," 28 July 2017 The delicate wetlands are home to rare native sundew, small carnivorous plants that attract insects to sticky residue on their leaves. Washington Post, "Rare birds, wildflowers: ‘Secret garden’ opens after century," 27 July 2017

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1578, in the meaning defined above

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