Meaning of pitcher plant

pitch'er plant"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any of various insectivorous New World bog plants of the genera Sarracenia, Darlingtonia, and Heliamphora, having tubular or trumpet-shaped leaves containing a liquid in which insects are trapped.
  2. the common pitcher plant, S. purpurea, having red or green leaves and a large, nodding, globular dull-red flower.
  3. any of various insectivorous Old World plants of the genus Nepenthes, having leathery leaves each ending in a tendril that bears a lidded, pitcherlike receptacle.
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