Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Mythology An Italic king who waged unsuccessful war against Aeneas, who killed him.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A common, large, handsome, American swallowtail butterfly, now regarded as one of the forms of Papilio glaucus syn. Jasoniades glaucus. The wings are yellow, margined and barred with black, and with an orange-red spot near the posterior angle of the hind wings. Called also tiger swallowtail. See Illust. under swallowtail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tiger-swallowtail, Papilio turnus, a large yellow black-striped swallow-tailed butterfly common in the United States.

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Examples

  • "Turnus," said he, "you are heir to the kingdom of your father Daunus.

    Story of Aeneas

  • Of course, prophesy eventually dictates that Lavinia is meant to marry a foreigner, and Turnus in his anger incites a civil war against Aeneas and his men.

    The Road Not Taken · Lavinia

  • Eventually Lavinia grows into adulthood and is promised to Turnus, King of the Rutulians.

    The Road Not Taken · Lavinia

  • Imagine: what if Turnus had defeated Aeneas, forcing him to return home and fight his way back through the Greek armies to rebuild the originial Troy?

    Battlestar Galactica Season Finale

  • The Rutulians had been close allies of ours since Latinus married Daunus's sister Amata, but young Turnus showed signs of wanting to go his own way.

    'Lavinia'

  • Turnus lifted his cup – the doublehandled gold goblet from Cures engraved with a hunting scene, loot from one of my father's wars, our best piece of tableware – and said, "Fairest of all the daughters of Father Tiber, may you have sweet dreams!"

    'Lavinia'

  • Turnus stayed several days with us, but I met him again only once.

    'Lavinia'

  • Now all Etruria was angry with Turnus for receiving and sheltering the tyrant, who had abused his power so cruelly that even the Lars and the Penates of his household had forsaken him.

    'Lavinia'

  • "King Turnus has a great deal to offer his bride," she said.

    'Lavinia'

  • Turnus would certainly have recognised the poet's portrait of me as a shrinking silent maiden.

    'Lavinia'

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