sundew

noun

sun·​dew ˈsən-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce sundew (audio)
-(ˌ)dyü
: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In this way, the plants get all the benefits of carnivory without needing the specialised traps of a sundew or a Venus fly trap. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2012 The poems range from kayak-level considerations of ocean life to close looks at a wetland sundew to views of the moon, comets, and the cosmos. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Aug. 2022 The Cape sundew, as it’s often called, tolerates temperatures down to freezing and into the high 90s with ease, and with proper care, will reward you with stalks of purple flowers. Sunset Magazine, 16 Oct. 2020 The Cape sundew, as it’s often called, tolerates temperatures down to freezing and into the high 90s with ease, and with proper care, will reward you with stalks of purple flowers. Sunset Magazine, 16 Oct. 2020 The Cape sundew, as it’s often called, tolerates temperatures down to freezing and into the high 90s with ease, and with proper care, will reward you with stalks of purple flowers. Sunset Magazine, 16 Oct. 2020 The Cape sundew, as it’s often called, tolerates temperatures down to freezing and into the high 90s with ease, and with proper care, will reward you with stalks of purple flowers. Sunset Magazine, 16 Oct. 2020 The Cape sundew, as it’s often called, tolerates temperatures down to freezing and into the high 90s with ease, and with proper care, will reward you with stalks of purple flowers. Sunset Magazine, 16 Oct. 2020 The Cape sundew, as it’s often called, tolerates temperatures down to freezing and into the high 90s with ease, and with proper care, will reward you with stalks of purple flowers. Sunset Magazine, 16 Oct. 2020 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sundew.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1578, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sundew was in 1578

Dictionary Entries Near sundew

Cite this Entry

“Sundew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sundew. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

sundew

noun
sun·​dew ˈsən-d(y)ü How to pronounce sundew (audio)
: any of a genus of wetland herbs that trap and digest insects with the sticky hairlike glands on their leaves

More from Merriam-Webster on sundew

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!


Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY