red admiral

noun

Definition of red admiral

: a nymphalid butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) that is common in both Europe and America, has broad orange-red bands on the forewings, and feeds chiefly on nettles in the larval stage

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Recent Examples on the Web Known to entomologists as , the red admiral is mostly black, with white spots near the wing tips, orange bands on the hind wings, and a bright red band on the forewing. Dan Southerland, Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2020 Queen, Gulf fritillary, black swallowtail, giant swallowtail, sulfur, red admiral, American beauty and other species of butterflies are flying right now in area landscapes. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of red admiral

1798, in the meaning defined above

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“Red admiral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20admiral. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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