Argynnis

noun
Ar·​gyn·​nis | \ ärˈjinə̇s \

Definition of Argynnis

: 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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History and Etymology for Argynnis

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

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“Argynnis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Argynnis. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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