American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several insectivorous plants of the genus Drosera, growing in wet ground and having leaves covered with sticky hairs. Also called drosera.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Drosera. The species are small bog-loving herbs with perennial root or rootstock, their leaves covered with glandular hairs secreting dewy drops. The European and North American plants have the leaves in radical tufts, and the flowers racemed on a simple scape which nods at the summit so that the flower of the day is always uppermost. The best-known of these is D. rotundifolia, the round-leaved sundew of both continents, having small white flowers. (See cut under
Drosera.) D. filiformis, the thread-leaved sundew, is a beautiful plant of wet sands near the Atlantic coast of the United States. Its slender leaves are very long, and its flowers are purple, very numerous, half an inch wide. Also dew-plant.
- n. Any plant of the order Droseraceæ. Lindley.
- n. Any of a group of insectivorous plants in the genus Drosera that catch insects by sticky droplets ("dew") at the end of hairs on the leafs and grow in boggy ground all over the world.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Drosera, low bog plants whose leaves are beset with pediceled glands which secrete a viscid fluid that glitters like dewdrops and attracts and detains insects. After an insect is caught, the glands curve inward like tentacles and the leaf digests it. Called also
- n. any of various bog plants of the genus Drosera having leaves covered with sticky hairs that trap and digest insects; cosmopolitan in distribution
- sun + dew (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete Dutch sondauw (translation of Latin rōs sōlis, dew of the sun) : son, sun (from Middle Dutch sonne; see sāwel- in Indo-European roots) + dauw, dew (from Middle Dutch dau; see dheu-1 in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“From pillows of sphagnum that over millennia have built up this extraordinary place, carmine glitter of round-leaved sundew attracts the eye, slowly digesting its captured insect-life.”
“This terrarium contains examples of the Australian lance-leafed sundew (Drosera adelae) and the delicate triggerplant (Stylidium debile), both of which are carnivorous.”
“As we crossed the Station Heath on our way back, I checked the damp peat for sundew plants, and they too were still there, leaves unfurled so an unwary insect might trigger their honeyed, deliquescent tentacles.”
“Out with Barry Goater watching tiny flies struggling in the clutches of the science-fiction sundew plants on Dyke Heath, we also clocked two new birds to add to the ninety species already listed in the log: a pair of hobbies, the male perched on a stump, and a spotted flycatcher.”
“The savanna understory includes an endemic insectivorous sundew (Drosera indica).”
“Wet meadows between rock outcrops include grasses, sedges, mosses, pitcher plant Saracenia purpurea, sundew Drosera sp. and purple fringed orchid Habenaria psycodes.”
“Bogs support some of the most interesting plants in the United States (like the carnivorous sundew), and provide habitat to animals threatened by human encroachment.”
“Two Heliamphoras pulchella and minor ‘Chiamanta’, two pots of Utricularia nelumbifolia, a bromeliad that has a utric plantlet in it, and a sundew:”
“And on the marge were blue campanula, sundew, and forget-me-not, such as no child could resist.”
“To my great delight I found it to be an old home acquaintance, a species of Drosera, closely resembling our own sundew (‘Drosera Anglia’).”
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