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Venus flytrap

(Plants) an insectivorous plant, Dionaea muscipula, of Carolina, having hinged two-lobed leaves that snap closed when the sensitive hairs on the surface are touched: family Droseraceae. See also sundew, pitcher plant, butterwort


an insectivorous bog plant, Dionaea muscipula, of the sundew family, native to the Carolinas, having spiny-edged leaves divided in halves that snap shut when sensitive hairs on their inner surface are touched.
[1760–70, Amer.]
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