in John Wyndham’s novel The Day of the Triffids: one of a race of malevolent alien plants which threaten to overrun the world
Frequently in fig. or allusive use.
A catchy little name originating in some newspaper office as a handy label for an oddity—but destined one day to be associated with pain, fear and misery—triffid.
Day of Triffids ii. 46
He had also established that the infertility rate of triffid seeds was something like ninety-five per cent.
Day of Triffids ii. 54
1965 New Scientist 11 Mar. 619/3
Ninety per cent of British households have television…and neither bindweed, triffids, nor dragon’s teeth grew more rapidly than the angular aerial.
1996 Wire June 63/3
But it’s also oddly inhuman and insentient. If triffids could make music, it would sound something like Evening Light.
The crunchberry triffid joker fainted either from terror or ichor-loss or some combination thereof.
Straight Man in Fort Freak 343
any evidence 1951
Research HistoryBen Ostrowsky submitted a 2011 cite from Kevin Andrew Murphy.
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