noun Ar·gyn·nis \ärˈjinə̇s\

Definition of Argynnis

  1. :  a genus of nymphalid butterflies mostly fulvous above with small black spots or markings and with silvery spots on the underside of the hind wings — see fritillary

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Origin and Etymology of argynnis

New Latin, probably from Greek Argynnis, epithet of Aphrodite as worshiped in the Boeotian town Argynnos

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