Comma butterfly
Comma Com"ma, n. [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. ? clause, fr. ? to cut off. Cf. {Capon}.] 1. A character or point [,] marking the smallest divisions of a sentence, written or printed. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) A small interval (the difference between a major and minor half step), seldom used except by tuners. [1913 Webster]

{Comma bacillus} (Physiol.), a variety of bacillus shaped like a comma, found in the intestines of patients suffering from cholera. It is considered by some as having a special relation to the disease; -- called also {cholera bacillus}.

{Comma butterfly} (Zo["o]l.), an American butterfly ({Grapta comma}), having a white comma-shaped marking on the under side of the wings. [1913 Webster]


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  • Comma (butterfly) — Taxobox name = Comma image width = 250px status = secure regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Lepidoptera familia = Nymphalidae genus = Polygonia species = P. c album binomial = Polygonia c album binomial authority =… …   Wikipedia

  • comma butterfly — noun anglewing butterfly with a comma shaped mark on the underside of each hind wing • Syn: ↑comma, ↑Polygonia comma • Hypernyms: ↑nymphalid, ↑nymphalid butterfly, ↑brush footed butterfly, ↑four footed butterfly …   Useful english dictionary

  • comma butterfly — /kɒmə ˈbʌtəflaɪ/ (say komuh butuhfluy) noun a North American nymphalid butterfly, Polygonia album, having a white, comma shaped mark on the underside of the hind wings …   Australian English dictionary

  • Comma — Com ma, n. [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. ? clause, fr. ? to cut off. Cf. {Capon}.] 1. A character or point [,] marking the smallest divisions of a sentence, written or printed. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) A small interval (the difference… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comma bacillus — Comma Com ma, n. [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. ? clause, fr. ? to cut off. Cf. {Capon}.] 1. A character or point [,] marking the smallest divisions of a sentence, written or printed. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) A small interval (the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comma (disambiguation) — A comma is a type of punctuation mark (,). The word comes from the Greek komma (κόμμα), which means something cut off or a short clause. Comma may also refer to: Comma (music), a type of interval in music theory Comma butterfly, the brush footed… …   Wikipedia

  • comma — /ˈkɒmə / (say komuh) noun 1. a mark of punctuation (,) used to indicate the smallest interruptions in continuity of thought or grammatical construction. 2. Classical Prosody a fragment or smaller section of a colon. 3. → comma butterfly. 4. Music …   Australian English dictionary

  • comma — ► NOUN 1) a punctuation mark (,) indicating a pause between parts of a sentence or separating items in a list. 2) a butterfly with orange and brown wings and a white comma shaped mark on the underside of the hindwing. ORIGIN Greek komma piece cut …   English terms dictionary

  • Comma (papillon) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Comma. Comma ou virgule …   Wikipédia en Français

  • comma — com•ma [[t]ˈkɒm ə[/t]] n. pl. mas 1) the sign (,), a mark of punctuation used to indicate a division in a sentence, as in setting off a word, phrase, or clause, to separate items in a list, to mark off thousands in numerals, to separate types or… …   From formal English to slang

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