Pitcher plant

Pitcher plant
Pitcher Pitch"er, n. [OE. picher, OF. pichier, OHG. pehhar, pehh[=a]ri; prob. of the same origin as E. beaker. Cf. {Beaker}.] 1. A wide-mouthed, deep vessel for holding liquids, with a spout or protruding lip and a handle; a water jug or jar with a large ear or handle. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) A tubular or cuplike appendage or expansion of the leaves of certain plants. [1913 Webster]

{American pitcher plants}, the species of Sarracenia. See {Sarracenia}.

{Australian pitcher plant}, the {Cephalotus follicularis}, a low saxifragaceous herb having two kinds of radical leaves, some oblanceolate and entire, others transformed into little ovoid pitchers, longitudinally triple-winged and ciliated, the mouth covered with a lid shaped like a cockleshell.

{California pitcher plant}, the {Darlingtonia California}. See {Darlingtonia}.

{Pitcher plant}, any plant with the whole or a part of the leaves transformed into pitchers or cuplike organs, especially the species of {Nepenthes}. See {Nepenthes}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pitcher plant — 1. any of various insectivorous New World bog plants of the genera Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, and Heliamphora, having tubular or trumpet shaped leaves containing a liquid in which insects are trapped. 2. the common pitcher plant, S. purpurea,… …   Universalium

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  • pitcher plant — noun Date: 1819 a plant (especially family Sarraceniaceae, the pitcher plant family) with leaves modified into pitchers in which insects are trapped and digested by means of liquids secreted by the leaves …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • pitcher plant — pitch′er plant n. pln any of various insectivorous bog plants of the family Sarraceniaceae, with hooded, pitcher shaped leaves containing a liquid in which insects are trapped • Etymology: 1810–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • pitcher plant — /ˈpɪtʃə plænt/ (say pichuh plant) noun any of various, often insectivorous, plants with leaves modified into a pitcher like receptacle or ascidium, often with a sticky liquid at the base in which insects are trapped, as in some species of… …   Australian English dictionary

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