milkweed butterfly

milkweed butterfly
noun Date: 1880 any of a family (Danaidae) or nymphalid subfamily (Danaine) of large butterflies feeding on plants of the milkweed family as larvae; especially monarch butterfly

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  • Milkweed butterfly — For the mythological fifty daughters of Danaus, see Danaides. Milkweed butterflies Three Milkweed butterflies Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • milkweed butterfly — noun large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markings; the larvae feed on milkweed • Syn: ↑monarch, ↑monarch butterfly, ↑Danaus plexippus • Hypernyms: ↑danaid, ↑danaid butterfly • Member Holonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • milkweed butterfly — monarch butterfly mon arch but ter*fly, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A very large red and black butterfly ({Danais Plexippus}) having striking orange brown wings with black veins in a reticulated pattern; called also {milkweed butterfly} and {monarch}. Its… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • milkweed butterfly — Monarch Mon arch, n. [F. monarque, L. monarcha, fr. Gr. ?, ?; mo nos alone + ? to be first, rule, govern. See {Archi }.] 1. A sole or supreme ruler; a sovereign; the highest ruler; an emperor, king, queen, prince, or chief. [1913 Webster] He who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • milkweed butterfly — See monarch butterfly. [1875 80, Amer.] * * * ▪ insect group       any of a group of butterflies in the brush footed butterfly (q.v.) family, Nymphalidae (order Lepidoptera). Some authorities consider this group to be at the family level… …   Universalium

  • milkweed — noun 1》 a herbaceous American plant with milky sap. [Genus Asclepias.] 2》 (also milkweed butterfly) another term for monarch (in sense 2) …   English new terms dictionary

  • Butterfly gardening — is a growing school of gardening, specifically wildlife gardening, that is aimed at creating an environment that attracts butterflies, as well as certain moths, such as those in the Hemaris genus. Butterfly gardening is often aimed at inviting… …   Wikipedia

  • Milkweed — Milk weed , n. (Bot.) Any plant of the genera {Asclepias} and {Acerates}, abounding in a milky juice, and having its seed attached to a long silky down; silkweed. The name is also applied to several other plants with a milky juice, as to several… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • butterfly weed — wēd n an orange flowered milkweed of the genus Asclepias (A. tuberosa) of eastern No. America that is a source of asclepias called also pleurisy root …   Medical dictionary

  • butterfly weed — ☆ butterfly weed n. a North American wildflower (Asclepias tuberosa) of the milkweed family, with orange flowers …   English World dictionary

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