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  • n. Any of numerous species of butterfly in the genus Parnassius.

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  • When the stonecrops bloom, parnassian butterflies are on the wing.

    Kootenay Rockies - News

  • And there, of course, you can expect to find photogenic parnassius caterpillars or, in season, the beginning of summer, the adult parnassian butterflies.

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  • Strobeen’s parnassian butterfly, a redwood subspecies of Parnassius clodius, disappeared 33 years ago from former redwood habitats of the Santa Cruz Mountains. due to the loss of its host plant (Dicentra spp.) from fire and timber management practices.

    Northern California coastal forests

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  • Of or relating to poetry. After Mount Parnassus, a mountain in Greece, considered sacred to Apollo, the Greek god of music and poetry, and the Muses. Earliest documented use: 1565.--A Word A Day

    May 21, 2013