painted lady

painted lady
Thistle This"tle, n. [OE. thistil, AS. [thorn]istel; akin to D. & G. distel, OHG. distila, distil, Icel. [thorn]istill, Sw. tistel, Dan. tidsel; of uncertain origin.] (Bot.) Any one of several prickly composite plants, especially those of the genera {Cnicus}, {Craduus}, and {Onopordon}. The name is often also applied to other prickly plants. [1913 Webster]

{Blessed thistle}, {Carduus benedictus}, so named because it was formerly considered an antidote to the bite of venomous creatures.

{Bull thistle}, {Cnicus lanceolatus}, the common large thistle of neglected pastures.

{Canada thistle}, {Cnicus arvensis}, a native of Europe, but introduced into the United States from Canada.

{Cotton thistle}, {Onopordon Acanthium}.

{Fuller's thistle}, the teasel.

{Globe thistle}, {Melon thistle}, etc. See under {Globe}, {Melon}, etc.

{Pine thistle}, {Atractylis gummifera}, a native of the Mediterranean region. A vicid gum resin flows from the involucre.

{Scotch thistle}, either the cotton thistle, or the musk thistle, or the spear thistle; -- all used national emblems of Scotland.

{Sow thistle}, {Sonchus oleraceus}.

{Spear thistle}. Same as {Bull thistle}.

{Star thistle}, a species of {Centaurea}. See {Centaurea}.

{Torch thistle}, a candelabra-shaped plant of the genus Cereus. See {Cereus}.

{Yellow thistle}, {Cincus horridulus}. [1913 Webster]

{Thistle bird} (Zo["o]l.), the American goldfinch, or yellow-bird ({Spinus tristis}); -- so called on account of its feeding on the seeds of thistles. See Illust. under {Goldfinch}.

{Thistle butterfly} (Zo["o]l.), a handsomely colored American butterfly ({Vanessa cardui}) whose larva feeds upon thistles; -- called also {painted lady}.

{Thistle cock} (Zo["o]l.), the corn bunting ({Emberiza militaria}). [Prov. Eng.]

{Thistle crown}, a gold coin of England of the reign of James I., worth four shillings.

{Thistle finch} (Zo["o]l.), the goldfinch; -- so called from its fondness for thistle seeds. [Prov. Eng.]

{Thistle funnel}, a funnel having a bulging body and flaring mouth. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Painted lady — Painted Paint ed, a. 1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors. [1913 Webster] As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] 2. (Nat. Hist.) Marked with bright colors; as, the painted turtle; painted… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Painted Lady — For other uses, see Painted Lady (disambiguation). Cynthia (subgenus) Vanessa cardui Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • painted lady — a butterfly, Vanessa cardui, having brownish black and orange wings and hind wings each with four eyespots, the larvae of which feed on thistles. [1745 55] * * * Either of two species of butterflies in the genus Vanessa (family Nymphalidae): V.… …   Universalium

  • painted-lady — raudonasis kardelis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Vilkdalginių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Gladiolus carneus), paplitęs pietų Afrikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Gladiolus carneus angl. painted lady; white Afrikaner šaltinis Valstybinės… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • painted lady — /peɪntəd ˈleɪdi/ (say payntuhd laydee) noun 1. a brightly coloured butterfly, Vanessa cardui, of the family Nymphalidae, which inhabits Europe and North Africa. 2. a rock with a thin layer of opal on one side, giving the impression that the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • painted lady — noun 1. : a migratory butterfly (Vanessa cardui) with wings mottled in brown, orange, and white that has a brown or blackish yellow striped caterpillar often destructive of crop plants 2. : pyrethrum 1 b (2) 3. : painted trillium …   Useful english dictionary

  • painted lady — noun Date: 1753 1. a migratory nymphalid butterfly (Vanessa cardui) with wings mottled in brown, orange, black, and white 2. prostitute 1a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • painted lady — noun A widespread butterfly, Vanessa cardui Syn: cosmopolite …   Wiktionary

  • painted lady — noun a migratory butterfly with predominantly orange brown wings and darker markings. [Cynthia cardui and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • painted lady — paint′ed la′dy n. ent a butterfly, Vanessa cardui, having brownish black and orange wings and hind wings each with four eyespots • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

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