painted lady

noun

Definition of painted lady

1 : a migratory nymphalid butterfly (Vanessa cardui) with wings mottled in brown, orange, black, and white

Examples of painted lady in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Orange clouds of painted lady butterflies swarm there on their way to Northern Europe, and herds of wild horses roam among the oil installations. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "A Windswept Plain, a Sea of Oil and a Mountain of Money," 30 Aug. 2019 The butterflies in question were painted ladies, which are sometimes mistaken for monarch butterflies. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Huge butterfly swarm detected by weather radar in Colorado," 6 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of painted lady

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Painted lady.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/painted%20lady. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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