Definition of butterwort in English:

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butterwort

Pronunciation: /ˈbədərˌwərt/
Pronunciation: /ˈbədərˌwôrt/

noun

A carnivorous bog plant that has violet flowers borne above a rosette of yellowish-green greasy leaves that trap and digest small insects. It is native to both Eurasia and North America.
  • Genus Pinguicula, family Lentibulariaceae: several species, in particular the common butterwort (P. vulgaris).
Example sentences
  • Skylarks sang over the wetlands, carnivorous butterworts were in violet flower and cotton grass fluffed up the land.
  • The violet flowers of butterworts nod manically at the roadside, seeming too delicate for this windswept terrain.
  • There are many more plants that will thrive in medium light, among them Irish moss, Tahitian bridal veil, heart-leaved philodendron, pitcher plant, and butterwort.

Origin

Late 16th century.

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Syllabification: but·ter·wort

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