milkweed butterfly

noun

Definition of milkweed butterfly

: any of a family (Danaidae) or nymphalid subfamily (Danaine) of large butterflies feeding on plants of the milkweed family as larvae especially : monarch butterfly

Examples of milkweed butterfly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the summertime, the park is a fantastic location to observe milkweed butterflies. Smithsonian, 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of milkweed butterfly

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of milkweed butterfly was in 1880

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“Milkweed butterfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milkweed%20butterfly. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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