nymphalid
noun Etymology: New Latin Nymphalidae, ultimately from Latin nympha nymph Date: 1897 any of a family (Nymphalidae) of butterflies (as a mourning cloak or fritillary) with the first pair of legs being hairy, reduced in size, and useless for walking • nymphalid adjective

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  • nymphalid — ymphalid n. Any butterfly of the family {Nymphalidae}, consisting of medium to large butterflies found worldwide, typically having brightly colored wings and much reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast. Syn: nymphalid… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nymphalid — [nim′fə lid] n. [< ModL Nymphalidae < Gr nymphē, nymph: see NUBILE] any of a family (Nymphalidae) of brightly colored butterflies with very short forelegs including the monarch and viceroy …   English World dictionary

  • nymphalid — noun medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast • Syn: ↑nymphalid butterfly, ↑brush footed butterfly, ↑four footed butterfly • Hypernyms …   Useful english dictionary

  • nymphalid — /nim feuh lid/, n. 1. a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, comprising the brush footed butterflies. adj. 2. belonging or pertaining to the family Nymphalidae. [1890 95; < NL Nymphalidae name of family, equiv. to Nymphal(is) name of genus (L… …   Universalium

  • nymphalid — noun Any butterfly of the order Nymphalidae Syn: brush footed butterfly, four footed butterfly …   Wiktionary

  • nymphalid — nym·pha·lid …   English syllables

  • nymphalid — nym•pha•lid [[t]ˈnɪm fə lɪd[/t]] n. ent any of several butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, characterized by short, nonfunctional forelegs: includes the monarch, mourning cloak, and viceroy • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • nymphalid — /ˈnɪmfəlɪd/ (say nimfuhlid) noun any of the numerous butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, characterised by small useless forelegs, and including the fritillaries, etc. {New Latin, from Nymphālis genus name, from Latin nympha nymph + idae idae} …   Australian English dictionary

  • nymphalid butterfly — noun medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast • Syn: ↑nymphalid, ↑brush footed butterfly, ↑four footed butterfly • Hypernyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • anglewing — noun nymphalid butterfly having angular notches on the outer edges of the forewings • Hypernyms: ↑nymphalid, ↑nymphalid butterfly, ↑brush footed butterfly, ↑four footed butterfly * * * ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: angle ( …   Useful english dictionary

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