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

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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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 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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