sundew

noun
sun·​dew | \ ˈsən-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce sundew (audio) , -(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

Examples of sundew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of those species, like the sundew, live nowhere else. William Atkins, Harper's Magazine, "[Letter from Ireland]," 23 June 2020 Nitrogen and phosphorus from eating insects allows sundews to thrive in places where most plants can’t survive, like the acidic, nutrient-poor soil of swamps and bogs. Popular Science, "Twelve powerful images to remind us how weird and wild the world is," 13 May 2020 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday the discovery of a dwarf sundew near Nassawango Creek in Worcester County. USA TODAY, "Child rock climber, baby doll scare, real-life RoboCop: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2019 There are other species of sundew in Maryland, according to DNR. USA TODAY, "Child rock climber, baby doll scare, real-life RoboCop: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2019 The department says this is the first record of the plant growing in the state, which has other species of sundew. Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com, "An insect-eating plant was just discovered in Maryland for the first time," 20 June 2019 Dwarf sundew is an insectivorous plant with a unique way of catching its prey. USA TODAY, "Child rock climber, baby doll scare, real-life RoboCop: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2019 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

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1578, in the meaning defined above

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“Sundew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sundew. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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