plural noun
Da·​na·​i·​dae | \ dəˈnāəˌdē \

Definition of Danaidae

: a small family of large chiefly tropical butterflies having the first pair of legs degenerate in the adult and usually a disagreeable taste that serves to protect them from predators

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History and Etymology for Danaidae

New Latin, from Danaus, type genus + -idae

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“Danaidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Danaidae. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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