an American plant (Arisaema triphyllum) of the arum family, with a flower spike partly arched over by a hoodlike covering
Origin of jack-in-the-pulpitdescriptive of its appearance: see jack ()
nounpl. jack-in-the-pulpits jack-in-the-pulpits
An eastern North American tuberous herb (Arisaema triphyllum) having three-lobed leaves and a striped, leaflike spathe that curls over an upright spadix. Also called regionally Indian turnip.
Origin of jack-in-the-pulpitFrom the resemblance of the inflorescence to a person standing in a pulpit.
(plural Jacks in the pulpit)
- (botany) A woodland plant of northern Europe, Arum maculatum.
- (botany) A plant in the northeastern North America, Arisaema triphyllum.
- (games) cat's cradle