Nymphalidae

plural noun
Nym·​phal·​i·​dae | \ nimˈfaləˌdē \

Definition of Nymphalidae

: a widely distributed family of butterflies mostly of medium or large size and distinguished by having the forelegs much reduced in size in both sexes so that they are useless in walking and are carried folded on the breast, usually absent tarsal claws, larvae that are usually spiny or provided with fleshy processes, and pupae that are usually of angular outline and hang suspended by the tip of the tail — see four-footed butterfly

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History and Etymology for Nymphalidae

New Latin, from Nymphalis, type genus + -idae

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

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