Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various medium to large butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, found worldwide and characterized by vestigial forelegs and often brilliant coloring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any butterfly of the order Nymphalidae

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, consisting of medium to large butterflies found worldwide, typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the Nymphalidæ, or having their characters.
  • n. A nymphalid butterfly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast

Etymologies

From New Latin Nymphālidae, family name, from Nymphālis, type genus, ultimately from Latin nympha, nymph; see nymph.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In the nymphalid butterflies, the pupa is often called a 'chrysalis' on account of the golden hue displayed by the cuticle, and the term

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  • The means by which the suspended pupa of a nymphalid butterfly attaches its cremaster to the silken pad which the larva has spun in preparation for pupation, is worthy of brief attention.

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