catchfly definition

  • noun:
    • some of a number of flowers of this genera Silene and Lychnis, native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and achieving white, red, purple, or purplish blossoms and sticky stems and calyxes by which tiny bugs could become trapped.
    • Any of a few not related flowers which have sticky leaves on which flies become stuck; especially, the silenes or campions
    • A plant with the bones of this stem, and quite often other areas, covered with a viscid secretion to which tiny bugs adhere. The types of Silene are examples of the catchfly.
    • the most popular name of types of plants of the genus Silene, and of Lychnis Viscaria, provided because of their particular glutinous stems, which sometimes retain tiny pests. The tired catch-fly is Silene antirrhina.
    • mostly perennial natural herbs with gluey stems that catch insects; widespread in north temperate zone
    • any plant regarding the genus Silene

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