acraein

noun
acrae·​in | \ ə-ˈkrē-ən \
plural -s

Definition of acraein

: a self-defensive substance secreted by butterflies of the subfamily Acraeinae that is distasteful to birds and other predators

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First Known Use of acraein

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acraein

New Latin Acraeinae + English -in

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“Acraein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acraein. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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