American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large American butterfly (Danaus plexippus) having light orange-brown wings with black veins and white-spotted black borders, noted for its long-distance migrations and its brightly striped caterpillars that feed on the milkweed plant. Also called milkweed butterfly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A very large red and black butterfly (Danais Plexippus) having striking orange-brown wings with black veins in a reticulated pattern; -- called also
milkweed butterflyand monarch. Its larvae feed on the leaves of the milkweed.
- n. large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markings; the larvae feed on milkweed
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