Definition of Catchfly

1. Noun. Any plant of the genus Silene.

2. Noun. Mostly perennial herbs with sticky stems that catch insects; widespread in north temperate zone.

Definition of Catchfly

1. 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.

Definition of Catchfly

1. Noun. Any of several unrelated plants that have sticky leaves on which flies become stuck; especially, the silenes or campions ¹

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Definition of Catchfly

1. an insect-catching plant [n -FLIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Catchfly

catcher's interference
catcher's mask
catcher's mitt
catcher interference
catches fire
catches sight of
catches up
catchfly (current term)
catching fire
catching sight of
catching some zs
catching up
catchment area

Literary usage of Catchfly

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1. Hortus Kewensis; Or, A Catalogue of the Plants Cultivated in the Royal by William Aiton (1811)
"Gigantic catchfly. Fl. June and July. G. H, g . Cult. ... Moris. hist. 2. p. .542. s. 5. t. 36. f. 6. Conoid catchfly- Not. of the South of Europe. ..."

2. The Natural History of Plants: Their Forms, Growth, Reproduction, and by Anton Kerner von Marilaun (1902)
"Such insects as visit flowers by day in order to suck their honey would be the reverse of welcome to the catchfly. The filaments are reflexed, ..."

3. Mountain Wild Flowers of America: A Simple and Popular Guide to the Names by Julia W. Henshaw (1906)
"Closed tightly against all invasion during the daytime, and only opening wide its white starry blossoms to the wooing of the soft night wind, this catchfly ..."

4. Mountain Wild Flowers of Canada: A Simple and Popular Guide to the Names and by Julia Wilmotte Henshaw (1906)
"It gives out a faint sweet odour, and is usually found growing among the stones on steep hillsides. NIGHT-FLOWERING catchfly Silène ..."

5. A Flora of Western Middle California by Willis Linn; Jepson (1901)
"S. antirrhina L. SLEEPY catchfly. Erect, slender, spar- / filiform; flowers small; petals pink or red, the blade emarginate, 1 1 in. long; ..."

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