sulphur butterfly


: any of numerous butterflies (especially Colias and related genera of the family Pieridae) having the wings usually yellow or orange with a black border

called also sulphur

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ernie Cowan’s Outdoors column Like a dancing splash of sunlight, the bright yellow sulphur butterfly darted from plant to plant, reminding me that spring is just around the corner. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2023 There was a cherry on top: A sulphur butterfly landed on me. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, 4 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sulphur butterfly was in 1879

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“Sulphur butterfly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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