Definition of Cruel plant
1. Noun. Robust twining shrub having racemes of fragrant white or pink flowers with flat spreading terminal petals that trap nocturnal moths and hold them until dawn.
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Literary usage of Cruel plant
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1. A Manual of Weeds: With Descriptions of All the Most Pernicious and by Ada Eljiva Georgia (1914)
"... will have a like effect on the inner membranes and make the animals very sick; another reason for its name of cruel plant is that honey gathered from ..."
2. Henderson's Handbook of Plants and General Horticulture by Peter Henderson (1904)
"Forthis reason Professor George Thurber has well named it " The cruel plant," and describes the trap contrivance thus: "The anthers are so placed that their ..."
3. American Notes and Queries edited by William Shepard Walsh, Henry Collins Walsh, William H. Garrison, Samuel R. Harris (1890)
"cruel plant. The Proceedings of the Canadian Institute for April, 1890, contain two papers upon the cruel plant ..."
4. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells (1901)
"We might have told them, the day of our visit, that this cruel plant, so long watered with the tears of slaves, and fed with the blood of men, ..."
5. The Herb of the Field by Charlotte Mary Yonge (1887)
"It is a cruel plant, for it makes itself a trap to little insects, also the young of fish, and feeds on them. Its cousin, the pretty purple butterwort, ..."