Parnassius

noun Par·nas·si·us \pärˈnasēəs\

Definition of Parnassius

  1. :  a genus of stout-bodied butterflies (family Papilionidae) having short antennae and almost transparent white or yellowish wings marked with black or red ocelli and occurring in the colder parts of the northern hemisphere

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Origin and Etymology of parnassius

New Latin, from Latin parnasius, parnassius of or belonging to Parnassus


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