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nymphalid

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noun nym·pha·lid \nim-ˈfa-ləd, ˈnim-fə-ləd\

Definition of nymphalid

  1. :  any of a family (Nymphalidae) of butterflies (as a mourning cloak or fritillary) with the first pair of legs being hairy, reduced in size, and useless for walking

nymphalid adjective


Origin of nymphalid

New Latin Nymphalidae, ultimately from Latin nympha nymph


First Known Use: 1897


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