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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A very large South American nymphalid butterfly, Caligo eurylochus, attaining an expanse of nine inches: so called because the wings when folded at rest present at the base of the second series a pair of large ocelli likened to owls' eyes. See cut under ocellate.


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