monarch butterfly

noun

Definition of monarch butterfly

: a large migratory American butterfly (Danaus plexippus) that has orange-brown wings with black veins and borders and a larva that feeds on milkweed

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Recent Examples on the Web Along with having a rose, an orchid, a camellia and an azalea named for her, Rosalynn Carter is also a long-time advocate for monarch butterfly conservation. Ernie Suggs, ajc, 17 Aug. 2022 The Global Change Biology study is one of the largest and most comprehensive assessments of monarch butterfly breeding patterns yet, according to researchers. Madeline Halpert, Forbes, 10 June 2022 The monarch butterfly fluttered a step closer to extinction Thursday, as scientists put the iconic orange-and-black insect on the endangered list because of its fast dwindling numbers. Christina Larson, Chicago Tribune, 21 July 2022 The monarch butterfly fluttered a step closer to extinction Thursday, as scientists put the iconic orange-and-black insect on the endangered list because of its fast dwindling numbers. Christina Larson, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 July 2022 And the iconic monarch butterfly is fluttering closer to extinction. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 The monarch butterfly joins the IUCN’s list of endangered species Monarch butterflies have been a North American icon for years. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 21 July 2022 The migratory monarch butterfly is a subspecies that breeds over the summer throughout Canada and the United States before traveling south to California and Mexico for the winter. Denise Chow, NBC News, 21 July 2022 The International Union for Conservation of Nature has added the migratory monarch butterfly to its Red List of Threatened Species as endangered, the group said in a release Thursday. Madeline Holcombe And Jalen Beckford, CNN, 21 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of monarch butterfly

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Monarch butterfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monarch%20butterfly. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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monarch butterfly

noun

Kids Definition of monarch butterfly

: a large orange and black American butterfly

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