alfalfa butterfly


Definition of alfalfa butterfly

: an orange butterfly (Colias eurytheme) that is the adult form of the alfalfa caterpillar — compare clouded sulphur

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First Known Use of alfalfa butterfly

1899, in the meaning defined above

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