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  • bladderwort — [blad′ərwʉrt΄] n. any of a large genus (Utricularia) of chiefly aquatic plants of the bladderwort family, having finely divided leaves with bladders on them that trap small insects and crustaceans adj. designating a family (Lentibulariaceae,… …   English World dictionary

  • Bladderwort — Blad der*wort , n. (Bot.) A genus ({Utricularia}) of aquatic or marshy plants, which usually bear numerous vesicles in the divisions of the leaves. These serve as traps for minute animals. See {Ascidium}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bladderwort — /blad euhr werrt , wawrt /, n. any of various plants of the genus Utricularia, including aquatic, terrestrial, and epiphytic forms throughout the world. [1805 15; BLADDER + WORT2] * * * Any of about 120 widespread species of terrestrial and… …   Universalium

  • bladderwort — noun Date: circa 1815 any of a genus (Utricularia of the family Lentibulariaceae, the bladderwort family) of chiefly aquatic plants with leaves usually having insect trapping bladders …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bladderwort family — noun carnivorous aquatic or bog plants: genera Utricularia, Pinguicula, and Genlisea • Syn: ↑Lentibulariaceae, ↑family Lentibulariaceae • Hypernyms: ↑plant family • Member Holo …   Useful english dictionary

  • bladderwort — noun Any of many aquatic carnivorous plants, of the genus Utricularia, that have open bladders that trap minute insects and crustaceans …   Wiktionary

  • bladderwort — [ bladəwə:t] noun an aquatic plant with small air filled bladders which keep the plant afloat and trap tiny animals to provide nutrients. [Genus Utricularia.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • bladderwort — blad•der•wort [[t]ˌblæd ərˌwɜrt, ˌwɔrt[/t]] n. pln any aquatic, terrestrial, or epiphytic plant of the genus Utricularia, having threadlike leaves bearing many small bladders • Etymology: 1805–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • bladderwort — /ˈblædəwɜt/ (say bladuhwert) noun any of various carnivorous herbs of the genera Utricularia and Polypompholyx, family Lentibulariaceae, which trap insects in small bladders …  

  • bladderwort — n. any insect consuming aquatic plant of the genus Utricularia, with leaves having small bladders for trapping insects …   Useful english dictionary

  • bladderwort family — blad′derwort fam ily n. pln a family, Lentibulariaceae, of mostly carnivorous aquatic plants that usu. have threadlike leaves with bladders or sticky leaves in a basal rosette …   From formal English to slang

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