frit·​il·​lary | \ ˈfri-tə-ˌler-ē How to pronounce fritillary (audio) \
plural fritillaries

Definition of fritillary

2 : any of numerous nymphalid butterflies (Argynnis, Speyeria, and related genera) that usually are orange with black spots on the upper side of both wings and silver spotted on the underside of the hind wing

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Recent Examples on the Web Some caterpillars such as the Gulf fritillary should be encouraged. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to tackle pests in your veggie garden or fruit plantings," 11 May 2020 Silvery Persian fritillaries dangle their bell shapes over others. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "We can't visit Newfields right now. Here's a photo tour of its blooming, flowery gardens.," 27 Apr. 2020 Two endangered lilies — Green’s mariposa and Gentner’s fritillary — bloom purple and red each spring. Stephen Nash, New York Times, "At Three National Monuments, Quiet Trails and Questions About the Future," 6 Dec. 2017 In the Gulf fritillary, some silver spots disappear, and in the monarch, white scales emerge amid the usual tiger colors. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Scientists Can Now Repaint Butterfly Wings," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of fritillary

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fritillary

New Latin fritillaria

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21 May 2020

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“Fritillary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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