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

  • n. Any of several plants of the genera Silene and Lychnis, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and having white, pink, red, or purplish flowers and sticky stems and calyxes on which small insects may become stuck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several unrelated plants that have sticky leaves on which flies become stuck; especially, the silenes or campions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant with the joints of the stem, and sometimes other parts, covered with a viscid secretion to which small insects adhere. The species of Silene are examples of the catchfly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name of Species of plants belonging to the genus Silene, and of Lychnis Viscaria, given on account of their glutinous stems, which sometimes retain small insects. The sleepy catch-fly is Silene antirrhina.

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

  • n. mostly perennial herbs with sticky stems that catch insects; widespread in north temperate zone
  • n. any plant of the genus Silene


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  • Plants like petunias and potatoes have sticky hairs that trap insects, and some species of campion have the common name catchfly for the same reason. - latest science and technology news stories

  • Petunias and potatoes, for instance, have sticky hairs that trap insects, and several species of campion flowers have the common name catchfly for the same reason.

  • The sticky catchfly is now the floral emblem of Edinburgh.

    Plantwatch: high summer comes early

  • Its close relative, the sticky catchfly, is also in flower, and protects itself with tiny drops of glue to keep off small bugs.

    Plantwatch: high summer comes early

  • Eleven plant species listed as threatened in the United States 'statutes are found in the park; Palmer amsonia Amsonia palmeri, goldenweed Haplopappus salicinus, Draba asprella var. kaibensis, plains cactus Pediocactus bradyi, scouler catchfly Silene rectiramea, phacelia Phacelia filiformis, wild buckwheats Eriogonum darrovii, E. thompsonae var. atwoodi and E. zionis var. coccineum, primrose Primula hunnewellii and clute penstemon Penstemon clutei.

    Grand Canyon National Park, United States

  • Other nationally important terrestrial vegetation species include the early spider orchid Ophrys sphegodes, the Early Gentian Gentianella anglica, the Nottingham catchfly Silene nutans and Wild cabbage Brassica oleracea var. oleracea

    Dorset and East Devon Coast, United Kingdom

  • Ayla noticed the fragrant scent of pink catchfly, just beginning to open their blooms.

    The Plains of Passage

  • Then had come brilliant spots and splashes of color on the summer slopes -- purple butterwort, golden ragweed, aconite, buttercup, deep crimson mossy patches of saxifrage, rosy heather, catchfly, wild geranium, cinnamon rose.

    Days of the Discoverers

  • She condescended nevertheless to gather a great bunch of the white catchfly, -- to make 'pops' with, -- her friend

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • The tiny rivulets which trickle down from the hills are lined with ferns and forget-me nots, and elsewhere may be seen flowers of every hue -- red Alpine catchfly, blue meadow cranesbill, hawksweed, wild radis, and a score of other pretty things.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Norway


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  • The flowering plant Silene armeria (family Caryophyllaceae).

    August 18, 2010