Jack-in-the-pulpit meaning

jăkĭn-thə-po͝olpĭt, -pŭl-
An eastern North American tuberous herb (Arisaema triphyllum) having three-lobed leaves and a striped, leaflike spathe that curls over an upright spadix.
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An American plant (Arisaema triphyllum) of the arum family, with a flower spike partly arched over by a hoodlike covering.
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(botany) A woodland plant of northern Europe, Arum maculatum.
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(botany) A plant in the northeastern North America, Arisaema triphyllum.
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(games) Cat's cradle.
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Origin of jack-in-the-pulpit

  • From the resemblance of the inflorescence to a person standing in a pulpit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition