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 This week, Jeff and Jonathan share progress reports on converting lawns into meadows - highlighting sightings of violas, tiger swallowtail butterflies, false spirea and more. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2023 In July, the butterflies finally arrived: tiger swallowtail, monarch, black swallowtail, and cloudless sulphur. Lauren Matison, Outside Online, 12 Oct. 2022 Byron Morgan of Crete snapped the winning picture of an eastern tiger swallowtail on a flower and a bee in air at Hickory Creek Preserve. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 Following MaKenna’s death, an Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly attempted to sneak into her father’s car for about 10 minutes, her father shared with Ochoa, who selected this type of butterfly as a symbolism that MaKenna is still here. Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2022 Eastern tiger swallowtail butterflies fly on top of her portrait. Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2022 Its chief pollinator is the eastern tiger swallowtail, one of the largest butterflies of the Northeast. BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2022 Eastern tiger swallowtail butterflies flocked there to feast on echinacea flowers while nectar-hungry hummingbirds found relief in red cardinal flowers. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 The western tiger swallowtail utilizes a large variety of host plants, mostly trees, including cottonwood, aspens, poplars, alders, ashes, and willows. oregonlive, 2 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tiger swallowtail was in 1889

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“Tiger swallowtail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20swallowtail. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

tiger swallowtail

: a large swallowtail of eastern North America that is mostly yellow with black borders and black stripes on the wings
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