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 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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“Fritillary.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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