Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. small genus of North American herbs having usually red or purple flowers.

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  • n. small genus of North American herbs having usually red or purple flowers

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Examples

  • Vanessa callirhoe, small variety in Porto Santo, 106

    Darwinism (1889)

  • It is no doubt due to the same cause that some butterflies on small and exposed islands have their wings reduced in size, as is strikingly the case with the small tortoise-shell butterfly (Vanessa urticae) inhabiting the Isle of Man, which is only about half the size of the same species in England or Ireland; and Mr. Wollaston notes that Vanessa callirhoe -- a closely allied South European form of our red-admiral butterfly -- is permanently smaller in the small and bare island of Porto

    Darwinism (1889)

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