papilionaceous love

Definitions

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

  • adj. Having a bilaterally symmetrical corolla somewhat resembling a butterfly, characteristic of most plants of the pea family.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the form of a butterfly.
  • adj. Having corolla with two wings resembling those of a butterfly.
  • adj. Of, or pertaining to the Papilionaceae family of plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling the butterfly.
  • adj.
  • adj. Having a winged corolla somewhat resembling a butterfly, as in the blossoms of the bean and pea.
  • adj. Belonging to that suborder of leguminous plants (Papilionaceæ) which includes the bean, pea, vetch, clover, and locust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling the butterfly.
  • In botany, having the corolla shaped like a butterfly, such as that of the pea.

Etymologies

Latin pāpiliō, pāpiliōn-, butterfly; see pavilion + -aceous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Papilionaceæ—An order of Plants (see LEGUMINOSÆ), The flowers of these plants are called papilionaceous, or butterfly-like, from the fancied resemblance of the expanded superior petals to the wings of a butterfly.

    Glossary of the Principal Scientific Terms Used in the Present Volume

  • -- - The flowers of these plants are called papilionaceous, or butterfly-like, from the fancied resemblance of the expanded superior petals to the wings of a butterfly.

    On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

  • The leaves are chiefly of the pinnate and bi-pinnate forms, and are exceedingly beautiful when seen against the sky; a great variety of the papilionaceous family grow in this part of the country.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • The Hindu Angelina might be vacuous, vain, papilionaceous, silly, or even a mere doll, but if her hair hung down “like the tail of a Tartary cow,” 96 if her eyes were “like the stones of unripe mangoes,” and her nose resembled the beak of a parrot, the Hindu Edwin was more than satisfied.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • 'It's very papilionaceous, is it not?' enquired the doctor.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • 'The papilionaceous and exorbitant auditory impediment?'

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • One of the two lateral petals of a papilionaceous flower.

    Chapter 9

  • The pink-red or white flowers of this papilionaceous (pea-like flowered) legume are unusually large (5-10 cm in length and about 3 cm wide before opening); this novelty may be the principal reason for grandiflora having been distributed by man throughout the tropics and subtropics.

    Chapter 10

  • This papilionaceous (pea-like flowered) legume bears racemes of 4-20 yellow flowers that may be lightly to heavily streaked with purple.

    Chapter 46

  • Poir. is a tree that grows to 8-10 m in height The pink-red or white flowers of this papilionaceous (pea-like flowered) legume are unusually large (5-10 cm in length and about 3 cm wide before opening); this novelty may be the principal reason for grandiflora having been distributed by man throughout the tropics and subtropics.

    Chapter 49

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