cruel plant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cruel plant robust twining shrub having racemes of fragrant white or pink flowers with flat spreading terminal petals that trap nocturnal moths and hold them until dawn
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Usage

In literature:

I was not naturally cruel, and this planted a fresh arrow in my heart.
"Flora Lyndsay" by Susanna Moodie
A cruel blow had fallen upon a tender plant.
"Hot corn: Life Scenes in New York Illustrated" by Solon Robinson
Plants can be cunning and patient and cruel and deceitful.
"The Motor Girls in the Mountains" by Margaret Penrose
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In poetry:

Ah, o'er ev'ry plant they rush!
Ah, their cruel footsteps crush
All the flowers that fill their path!
Who will dare to stem their wrath?
"The German Parnassus" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Where, when the gods would be cruel,
Do they go for a torture? where
Plant thorns, set pain like a jewel?
Ah, not in the flesh, not there!
"Satia te Sanguine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne