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plant British & World English

A living organism of the kind exemplified by trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, ferns, and mosses, typically growing in a permanent site, absorbing water and inorganic substances through its roots, and synthesizing nutrients in its leaves by photosynthesis using the green pigment chlorophyll

sow dragon's teeth British & World English

Take action that is intended to prevent trouble, but which actually brings it about

air plant British & World English

A tropical American plant that grows on trees as an epiphyte, with long, narrow leaves that absorb water and nutrients from the atmosphere

dot plant British & World English

A garden plant that is planted singly to stand out against the surrounding plants

gas plant British & World English

An aromatic Eurasian plant of the rue family, with showy white flowers and fragrant leaves that emit a flammable vapour. This can sometimes be ignited without harming the plant

pot plant British & World English

A plant grown or suitable for growing in a flowerpot, especially indoors

ice plant British & World English

Either of two succulent plants which are widely cultivated for their flowers:

curry plant British & World English

A small shrubby plant of the daisy family, which has narrow silver-grey leaves and small yellow flowers and emits a strong smell of curry

power plant British & World English

another term for power station.

plant louse British & World English

A small bug that infests plants and feeds on the sap or tender shoots, especially an aphid

rock plant British & World English

A plant that grows on or among rocks

soap plant British & World English

A plant of the lily family with white flowers, found in dry habitats of California. The fiber-covered bulbs were used as soap by American Indians

hand plant British & World English

A jump or other manoeuvre in skateboarding and snowboarding involving the use of a hand to push away from a surface

zebra plant British & World English

A Brazilian calathea with leaves which are horizontally banded in light and dark green and purple

bedding plant British & World English

A plant set into a garden bed or container when it is about to bloom, typically an annual used for display and discarded at the end of the season

century plant British & World English

A large stemless agave with long spiny leaves, which produces a very tall flowering stem after many years of growth and then dies

oyster plant British & World English

another term for salsify.

pitcher plant British & World English

A plant with a deep pitcher-shaped pouch that contains fluid into which insects are attracted and drowned. Nutrients are then absorbed from their bodies by the plant

plant hopper British & World English

A small widely distributed plant-sucking bug that leaps when disturbed. Some kinds are pests of rice and sugar cane

shrimp plant British & World English

An evergreen Mexican shrub with clusters of small flowers in pinkish-brown bracts that are said to resemble shrimps, widely grown as a houseplant

prayer plant British & World English

A Brazilian plant with variegated leaves which are erect at night but lie flat during the day, grown as a houseplant

rubber plant British & World English

An evergreen tree of the fig family, which has large dark green shiny leaves and is widely cultivated as a houseplant. Native to SE Asia, it was formerly grown as a source of rubber

spider plant British & World English

A plant of the lily family which has long, narrow leaves with a central yellow stripe, native to southern Africa and popular as a houseplant

flowering plant British & World English

A plant that produces flowers; an angiosperm

plant geography British & World English

another term for phytogeography.

sensitive plant British & World English

A tropical American plant of the pea family, whose leaflets fold together and leaves bend down when touched. A common weed of sugar cane, it has become naturalized throughout the tropics

specimen plant British & World English

An unusual or impressive plant or tree grown as a focus of interest in a garden

telegraph plant British & World English

A tropical Asian plant of the pea family, whose leaves have a spontaneous jerking motion. It is sometimes grown as a curiosity under glass

vascular plant British & World English

A plant that is characterized by the presence of conducting tissue

umbrella plant British & World English

A tropical Old World sedge which has stiff green stems, each terminating in a whorl of arching green leaf-like bracts. It is commonly grown as a houseplant

resurrection plant British & World English

Any of a number of plants which are able to survive drought, typically folding up when dry and unfolding when moistened, in particular:

castor oil plant British & World English

An African shrub with lobed serrated leaves, which yields the seeds from which castor oil is obtained and is widely naturalized in warm countries

four o'clock plant British & World English

another term for marvel of Peru.

Swiss cheese plant British & World English

A large monstera with perforated leaves (supposedly resembling the holes in a Swiss cheese), popularly grown as a houseplant while young, and with creamy arum-like spathes followed by pineapple-flavoured fruit when mature

sow dragon's teeth in dragon's teeth British & World English

Take action that is intended to prevent trouble, but which actually brings it about

tarnished plant bug British & World English

Either of two brownish mirid bugs that are pests of numerous fruits, vegetables, and other crops

jumping plant louse British & World English

A minute hopping bug with wings, resembling a miniature cicada. Many kinds are pests of cultivated plants

plant something out in plant British & World English

Place a plant in the ground out of doors so it can grow, especially after growing it from seed in an indoor environment

replant British & World English

Plant (a tree or plant which has been dug up) again, especially in a larger pot or new site

tea plant in tea British & World English

The evergreen shrub or small tree which produces tea leaves, native to southern and eastern Asia and grown as a major cash crop

musk plant in musk British & World English

A relative of the monkey flower, formerly cultivated for a musky fragrance which has been lost in the development of modern varieties

soma plant in soma2 British & World English

A plant used to make soma

banana plant in banana British & World English

The tropical and subtropical palm-like plant which bears bananas, having very large leaves but lacking a woody trunk

higher plants British & World English

Plants of relatively complex or advanced characteristics, especially vascular plants (including flowering plants)

houseplant British & World English

A plant which is grown indoors

interplant British & World English

Plant (a crop or plant) together with another crop or plant

lower plants British & World English

Plants of relatively simple or primitive characteristics, especially those which are not vascular plants, i.e. algae, mosses, liverworts, and sometimes fungi

cotton plant in cotton British & World English

The tropical and subtropical plant which is commercially grown to make cotton fabric and thread. Oil and a protein-rich flour are also obtained from the seeds

tobacco plant in tobacco British & World English

The plant of the nightshade family which yields tobacco, native to tropical America. It is widely cultivated in warm regions, especially in the US and China


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