Danaus

noun
Dan·​a·​us | \ ˈdanēəs, -nāəs \

Definition of Danaus

: the type genus of Danaidae comprising the monarch and several other predominantly black-and-orange butterflies chiefly of subtropical regions

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History and Etymology for Danaus

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 4 Dec. 2021.

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