tiger swallowtail


Definition of tiger swallowtail

: a large widely distributed swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) of eastern North America that in the male is largely yellow with black margins and black stripes on the wings and in the female is usually similarly marked in the north but is very often all or mostly black in the south also : any of several closely related black and yellow swallowtails (such as P. rutulus of western North America)

Examples of tiger swallowtail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each child will receive all the materials to plant parsley, which attracts tiger swallowtail butterflies. courant.com, 3 July 2019 Tulip poplars are a favorite of one butterfly, the tiger swallowtail, but oddly enough tulip poplar does not serve as host for much else. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of tiger swallowtail

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Tiger swallowtail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20swallowtail. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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