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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for Danaidae

New Latin, from Danaus, type genus + -idae

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About Danaidae

Dictionary Entries Near Danaidae




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Danaidae

Cite this Entry

“Danaidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Danaidae. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!