emperor butterfly

noun

Definition of emperor butterfly

: any of several large richly colored butterflies (such as the purple emperor) of the family Nymphalidae

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First Known Use of emperor butterfly

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Emperor butterfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emperor%20butterfly. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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