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 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, "Fall blooms to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your San Antonio garden," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of red admiral

1798, in the meaning defined above

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30 Sep 2019

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The first known use of red admiral was in 1798

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