Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A group of butterflies including those known as virgins, or gossamer-winged butterflies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A group of butterflies; the vestals, virgins, or gossamer-winged butterflies.

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Examples

  • The priestesses of Vesta, called Vestales or Vestal Virgins, played a conspicuous part in these festivals.

    Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

  • The Vestales were vowed to chastity, a violation of which was visited by the frightful punishment of being buried alive.

    Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

  • And in this respect, the sentiment of the architecture is exactly faithful to that mood of religious feeling which appeared in Italy under the influences of the classical revival -- when the essential doctrines of Christianity were blurred with Pantheism; when Jehovah became _Jupiter Optimus Maximus_; and Jesus was the _Heros_ of Calvary, and nuns were _Virgines Vestales_.

    New Italian sketches

  • The generic term 'Labiatæ' is cancelled in 'Proserpina,' 'Vestales' being substituted; and these flowers, when I come to examine them, are to be described, not as divided into two lips, but into hood, apron, and side-pockets.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 Studies Of Wayside Flowers

  • But I am far more embarrassed by the symbolism of that group which I called 'Vestales,' from their especially domestic character and their serviceable purity; but which may be, with more convenience perhaps, simply recognizable as 'Menthæ.'

    Proserpina, Volume 2 Studies Of Wayside Flowers

  • 13: "Vestales nostras hodie credimus nondum egressa urbe mancipia fugitiva retinere in loco precationibus."

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People From the Earliest Times to the Age of Augustus

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