Purple emperor
Emperor Em"per*or, n. [OF. empereor, empereour, F. empereur, L. imperator, fr. imperare to command; in in + parare to prepare, order. See {Parade}, and cf. {Imperative}, {Empress}.] The sovereign or supreme monarch of an empire; -- a title of dignity superior to that of king; as, the emperor of Germany or of Austria; the emperor or Czar of Russia. [1913 Webster]

{Emperor goose} (Zo["o]l.), a large and handsome goose ({Philacte canagica}), found in Alaska.

{Emperor moth} (Zo["o]l.), one of several large and beautiful bombycid moths, with transparent spots on the wings; as the American Cecropia moth ({Platysamia cecropia}), and the European species ({Saturnia pavonia}).

{Emperor paper}. See under {Paper}.

{Purple emperor} (Zo["o]l.), a large, strong British butterfly ({Apatura iris}). [1913 Webster]


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  • Purple Emperor — Taxobox name = Purple Emperor image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Lepidoptera superfamilia = Papilionoidea familia = Nymphalidae genus = Apatura species = A. iris binomial = Apatura iris binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • purple emperor — noun large European butterfly the male of which has wings shaded with purple • Syn: ↑Apatura iris • Hypernyms: ↑emperor butterfly, ↑emperor * * * noun : a large European nymphalid forest butterfly (Apatura iris) that in the male has the wings… …   Useful english dictionary

  • purple emperor — noun a large woodland butterfly that has iridescent purplish black wings with white markings. [Apatura iris.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Freyer's purple emperor — Taxobox name = Apatura metis image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Lepidoptera divisio = Rhopalocera familia = Nymphalidae subfamilia = Apaturinae genus = Apatura species = Apatura metis species… …   Wikipedia

  • Lesser Purple Emperor — Taxobox name = Apatura ilia image width = 250px image caption = Lesser Purple Emperor, Red variant (A. ilia f. clytie) regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Lepidoptera divisio = Rhopalocera familia = Nymphalidae… …   Wikipedia

  • Emperor — Em per*or, n. [OF. empereor, empereour, F. empereur, L. imperator, fr. imperare to command; in in + parare to prepare, order. See {Parade}, and cf. {Imperative}, {Empress}.] The sovereign or supreme monarch of an empire; a title of dignity… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Emperor goose — Emperor Em per*or, n. [OF. empereor, empereour, F. empereur, L. imperator, fr. imperare to command; in in + parare to prepare, order. See {Parade}, and cf. {Imperative}, {Empress}.] The sovereign or supreme monarch of an empire; a title of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Emperor moth — Emperor Em per*or, n. [OF. empereor, empereour, F. empereur, L. imperator, fr. imperare to command; in in + parare to prepare, order. See {Parade}, and cf. {Imperative}, {Empress}.] The sovereign or supreme monarch of an empire; a title of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Emperor paper — Emperor Em per*or, n. [OF. empereor, empereour, F. empereur, L. imperator, fr. imperare to command; in in + parare to prepare, order. See {Parade}, and cf. {Imperative}, {Empress}.] The sovereign or supreme monarch of an empire; a title of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purple — n., adj., & v. n. 1 a colour intermediate between red and blue. 2 (in full Tyrian purple) a crimson dye obtained from some molluscs. 3 a purple robe, esp. as the dress of an emperor or senior magistrate. 4 the scarlet official dress of a cardinal …   Useful english dictionary

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