Definition of Jack-in-the-pulpit in English:

Jack-in-the-pulpit

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noun

Either of two small plants of the arum family:
  • another term for cuckoo pintA North American arum with a green or purple-brown spathe (Arisaema triphyllum, family Araceae).
More example sentences
  • The wildflowers, many of which bloom in May, include waterleaf, wild ginger, red trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, smooth and woolly blue violet, Solomon's seal, false Solomon's seal, and enchanter's nightshade.
  • Jack-in-the-pulpits are perennials that pass the winter underground as corms. In the spring, they send up a shoot, which unfolds one or two leaves and a "flower"
  • Jack-in-the Pulpits are native to wet woodlands and heavily foliaged areas from Nova Scotia to Minnesota and southward to Florida and Texas, so Kansas and Nebraska do not have exclusive rights to this exotic looking group.

Origin

mid 19th century: so named because the erect spadix overarched by the spathe resembles a person in a pulpit.

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