Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A trap for catching flies.
  • n. An insectivorous plant, such as the Venus flytrap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A trap for catching flies
  • n. Venus flytrap, an insectivorous plant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trap for catching flies.
  • n. A plant (Dionæa muscipula), called also Venus's flytrap, having two-lobed leaves which are fringed with stiff bristles, and fold together when certain sensitive hairs on their upper surface are touched, thus trapping insects that light on them. The insects so caught are afterwards digested by a secretion from the upper surface of the leaves. The plant is native to North and South Carolina, growing in bogs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trap to catch flies.
  • n. In botany, the Apocynum androsæmifolium, which captures insects by means of its irritable throat-appendages.
  • n. In botany: The pitcher-plant, Sarracenia purpurea; also the trumpet-leaf, S. flava, the leaves of which entrap flies and other insects.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a trap for catching flies

Etymologies

fly +‎ trap (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “The Venus Flytrap’s Lethal Allure” talks about the fact that the flytrap is native to only one spot on earth – a 100-mile-long sliver of habitat that encompassesthe wet pine savannas of northern South Carolina and southern North Carolina.

    The endangered Venus Flytrap « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • This also appears to be yet another acknowledgement that Iraq was always intended to be a "flytrap" for terrorists.

    Selling the War Effort

  • One of nature's most recognized wonders, the Venus 'flytrap's ability to snatch living prey makes it a favorite of elementary school science classes everywhere.

    Durangoherald.com

  • I know all I have to do is respond in kind—open up to them like the jaws of a Venus flytrap and they would land, ever so gently, on my pretty pink tongue.

    Cougar

  • Maybe we need a venus flytrap, just so that I can refer to it as a “tipitiwitchet”.

    The endangered Venus Flytrap « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • Mr. Sisman's daily routine—males report to the garden five days a week first thing in the morning, sentenced females arriving soon after they depart—includes feeding ants to the venus flytrap "We're going to get it to flower before I leave," the inmate vowed, "they've never had it flower." and doling out bread to the guinea hens.

    One Bright Side of Rikers Island

  • Flying Duck also gave Oscar a kiss on the head, and Oscar, quick as a Venus flytrap, caught Flying Duck with a whipped-cream hug.

    Ruby Lu Star of the Star of the Show

  • Boyle + Gardner for The Wall Street Journal Paul Frank air purifier Despite the slim profile, it packs in active-carbon and antibacterial filters as well as a HEPA filter that is like a venus flytrap—it has chemically treated fibers that literally dissolve trapped dust mites and other airborne detritus, according to the manufacturer.

    The Kid-Friendly Air Purifier

  • Watch a cooking demonstration using herbs and spices, learn about the spectacular spud or the voracious Venus 'flytrap, create a soothing lavender eye pillow or calming aromatherapy lotion, or try yoga. 10 a. m.-3 p.m. U.S.

    Washington, D.C., Going Out Guide, June 17-23

  • U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN FRESH IDEAS FESTIVAL, learn how plants can affect your world, watch a cooking demonstration using herbs and spices, learn about the Venus flytrap, create a lavender "eye pillow" or do yoga. 10 a. m.-3 p.m.,

    D.C. community calendar, June 17 to 24, 2010

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  • I own several antique blown-glass wasp/flytraps found in an old barn in Spain.

    June 14, 2010