Definition of pitcher plant in English:

pitcher plant


  • A plant with a deep pitcher-shaped pouch that contains fluid into which insects are attracted and trapped. The plant then absorbs nutrients from their bodies.

    • ‘The pitcher plant, with their upright hollow tubular leaves and capped lids, is the most popular.’
    • ‘The pitcher plant attracts insects through the reddish colour and musty smell of its leaves.’
    • ‘They fall to the bottom, where the meat-hungry pitcher plant slowly digests them.’
    • ‘Bladderworts, pitcher plants, and sundews all indulge their carnivorous tastes.’
    • ‘The California pitcher plant, largest of the five killer plant species found here, will even consume butterflies, if it gets the chance.’