from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A very large red and black butterfly (Danais Plexippus) having striking orange-brown wings with black veins in a reticulated pattern; -- called also milkweed butterfly and monarch. Its larvae feed on the leaves of the milkweed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See butterfly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markings; the larvae feed on milkweed
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