painted lady


Definition of painted lady

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

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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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