pitcher plant


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pitcher \Pitch"er\, n. [OE. picher, OF. pichier, OHG. pehhar,
   pehh[=a]ri; prob. of the same origin as E. beaker. Cf.
   Beaker.]
   1. A wide-mouthed, deep vessel for holding liquids, with a
      spout or protruding lip and a handle; a water jug or jar
      with a large ear or handle.
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   2. (Bot.) A tubular or cuplike appendage or expansion of the
      leaves of certain plants.
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   American pitcher plants, the species of Sarracenia. See
      Sarracenia.

   Australian pitcher plant, the Cephalotus follicularis, a
      low saxifragaceous herb having two kinds of radical
      leaves, some oblanceolate and entire, others transformed
      into little ovoid pitchers, longitudinally triple-winged
      and ciliated, the mouth covered with a lid shaped like a
      cockleshell.

   California pitcher plant, the Darlingtonia California.
      See Darlingtonia.

   Pitcher plant, any plant with the whole or a part of the
      leaves transformed into pitchers or cuplike organs,
      especially the species of Nepenthes. See Nepenthes.
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