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 Regal fritillary butterflies, which subsist on violets and stick to prairie habitats, are disappearing. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 Gulf fritillary butterflies are orange like monarchs and queens. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 4 June 2021 The fritillary is similar and as striking as the monarch, which will arrive by the thousands to Crow-Hassan at the end of August to feed on the spiky blazing stars — also intentionally planted for them. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, 31 July 2020 Specifically, BBC News mentions that the openings created by bison could allow plants such as cow wheat to grow, adding that a rare butterfly called the heath fritillary depends on the plant. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2020 Andrew Fusek Peters spent two hours in the Shropshire hills to capture the images, one of which shows the exact moment a fritillary leaves a thistle at the Brook Vessons nature reserve. Fox News, 30 June 2020 Gulf fritillaries do their breeding on passion vine. Calvin Finch,, 21 May 2020 Some caterpillars such as the Gulf fritillary should be encouraged. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 11 May 2020 Silvery Persian fritillaries dangle their bell shapes over others. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, 27 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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“Fritillary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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