Definition of Sundew

1. Noun. Any of various bog plants of the genus Drosera having leaves covered with sticky hairs that trap and digest insects; cosmopolitan in distribution.

Exact synonyms: Daily Dew, Sundew Plant
Generic synonyms: Carnivorous Plant
Group relationships: Drosera, Genus Drosera

Definition of Sundew

1. n. 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 lustwort.

Definition of Sundew

1. Noun. Any of a group of insectivorous plants that catch insects by sticky droplets ("dew") at the end of hairs on the leafs. Most of these plants belong to the genus ''Drosera'': these grow in boggy ground all over the world. ¹

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Definition of Sundew

1. a marsh plant [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sundew

sunder out
sundew (current term)
sundew family
sundew plant
sundial lupine
sundown syndrome
sundowner's syndrome

Literary usage of Sundew

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1. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1876)
"The most common is the round-leaved sundew (D. ... The slender sundew (D. line- aris) is our most local species, being found along Lake Superior and in a ..."

2. A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America by Laurence Johnson (1884)
"Hound-leaved sundew. Description.—Calyx : sepals as in the character of the ... The juice of sundew is bitter and acrid, but its chemical constituents are ..."

3. A New Manual of Method by Alfred Hezekiah Garlick (1896)
"sundew. 1. Distribution.—Three British species, the round-leaved being most common. Found in most sphagnum bogs, and so is most frequent in the north, ..."

4. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"The most common is the lound-leaved sundew (D. ... The slender sundew (D. line- arts) is our most local species, ... 81 Bound-leaved sundew (Dro- etra ..."

5. Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States by Asa Gray (1859)
"(Si IMI i; sundew.) Leaves linear, obtuse, the blade (2'-.T long, scarcely 2" wide) on naked erect.petioles about the same length ; seeds oblong, ..."

6. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington by Biological Society of Washington (1904)
"The Short-leaved sundew in Virginia. During the second week of May, 1903, I found the short-leaved sundew common in a low moist field near the shore of ..."

7. Minnesota Plant Life by Conway MacMillan (1899)
"In Portugal and Spain a variety of sundew is by the inhabitants commonly employed in ... sundew. After Brit- ton and Brown. mountain-ashes and June-berries, ..."

8. Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan, Asa Don Dickinson (1917)
"The sundew actually digests its prey with the help of a gastric juice similar to what ... sundew FAMILY (Droseraceae) Round-leaved sundew; Dew-plant Drosera ..."

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