American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various insectivorous plants of the genera Sarracenia, Nepenthes, or Darlingtonia, having pitcherlike leaves that attract and trap insects.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant whose leaves are so modified as to form a pitcher or ascidium. See cut under ascidium. The pitcher commonly contains a liquid, and is adapted to the capture and assimilation of insects. The common North American pitcher-plant is Sarracenia purpurea (see cut in next column), and the parrot-beaked pitcher-plant of Georgia and Florida is S. psittacina. (See
Sarracenia.) The Californian pitcher-plant, sometimes called calfs-head, forms the allied genus Darlingtonia. Heliamphora nutans, of the Sarraceniaceæ, is a pitcher-plant of the mountains of Venezuela. A large and quite different group, the East Indian pitcher-plants, is formed by the genus Nepenthes. For the Australian pitcher-plant, see Cephalotus.
- n. any of various insectivorous plants of the genera Sarracenia, Nepenthes, or Darlingtonia that have pitcher-like leaves with slippery sides that attract and trap insects
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. any plant with the whole or a part of the leaves transformed into pitchers or cuplike organs, especially the species of Nepenthes. See Nepenthes.
- n. any of several insectivorous herbs of the order Sarraceniales
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