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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of milkweed butterfly was in 1880

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“Milkweed butterfly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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