Danaus

noun

Dan·​a·​us
ˈdanēəs,
-nāəs
: the type genus of Danaidae comprising the monarch and several other predominantly black-and-orange butterflies chiefly of subtropical regions

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, after Danaus, mythical king of Argos who ordered his daughters to murder their husbands, from Latin, from Greek Danaos

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“Danaus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Danaus. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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