Melitaea Phaeton

Melitaea Phaeton
Phaeton Pha"["e]*ton, n. [F. pha['e]ton a kind of carriage, fr. Pha['e]thon Pha["e]thon, the son of Helios. See {Pha["e]thon}.] 1. A four-wheeled carriage (with or without a top), open, or having no side pieces, in front of the seat. It is drawn by one or two horses. [1913 Webster]

2. See {Pha["e]thon}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A handsome American butterfly ({Euphydryas Pha["e]ton} syn. {Melit[ae]a Pha["e]ton}). The upper side of the wings is black, with orange-red spots and marginal crescents, and several rows of cream-colored spots; -- called also {Baltimore}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Baltimore — /bawl teuh mawr , mohr /, n. a black nymphalid butterfly, Melitaea phaeton, characterized by orange red, yellow, and white markings, common in those areas of the northeastern U.S. where turtlehead, the food plant of its larvae, is found. [see… …   Universalium

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