plural noun
Ac·​rae·​i·​nae | \ ˌa-krē-ˈī-(ˌ)nē \

Definition of Acraeinae

: a subfamily of Nymphalidae consisting of chiefly African butterflies possessing distastefulness to predators and mimicked by many more edible butterflies

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First Known Use of Acraeinae

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Acraeinae

New Latin, from Acraea, type genus (from Latin, feminine of acraeus living on the heights, from Greek akraios, from akron height) + -inae

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“Acraeinae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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