Definition of sundew in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsʌndjuː/


A small carnivorous plant of boggy places, with rosettes of leaves that bear sticky glandular hairs for trapping insects, which are then digested.
  • Genus Drosera, family Droseraceae: many species, including the common European D. rotundifolia.
Example sentences
  • Bladderworts, pitcher plants, and sundews all indulge their carnivorous tastes.
  • Carnivorous plants such as sundews utilise the dew that forms on their leaf surfaces in a more sinister way, mixing it with a sticky honey-like substance which attracts, then traps, the insects upon which the plants feed.
  • Without bogs we would lose astonishing plants like sundews, sphagnum mosses and cotton grass; beautiful insects like marsh fritillary butterflies; and spectacular birds like hen harriers and short-eared owls.

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