red admiral
noun Date: 1798 a nymphalid butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) that is common in both Europe and America, has broad orange-red bands on the forewings, and feeds chiefly on nettles in the larval stage

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  • Red admiral — Red Red, a. [Compar. {Redder} ( d?r); superl. {Reddest}.] [OE. red, reed, AS. re[ a]d, re[ o]d; akin to OS. r[=o]d, OFries. r[=a]d, D. rood, G. roht, rot, OHG. r[=o]t, Dan. & Sw. r[ o]d, Icel. rau[eth]r, rj[=o][eth]r, Goth. r[ a]uds, W. rhudd,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Red admiral — may refer to:*New Zealand red admiral, a species of butterfly found in New Zealand * Vanessa atalanta , a species of butterfly found in temperate Europe, Asia and North America …   Wikipedia

  • red admiral — n. 〚see ADMIRAL〛 a purplish black European and North American butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) with white spots near the tips of the forewings and bright orange bands across the forewings and bordering the hind wings * * * …   Universalium

  • red admiral — n. [see ADMIRAL] a purplish black European and North American butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) with white spots near the tips of the forewings and bright orange bands across the forewings and bordering the hind wings …   English World dictionary

  • red admiral — ► NOUN ▪ a butterfly having dark wings with red bands and white spots …   English terms dictionary

  • red admiral — noun of temperate Europe and Asia; having black wings with red and white markings • Syn: ↑Vanessa atalanta • Hypernyms: ↑nymphalid, ↑nymphalid butterfly, ↑brush footed butterfly, ↑four footed butterfly • Membe …   Useful english dictionary

  • red admiral. — See under admiral (def. 6). [1830 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • red admiral. — See under admiral (def. 6). [1830 40] …   Useful english dictionary

  • red admiral — noun A bright orange and red butterfly, Vanessa atalanta …   Wiktionary

  • red admiral — noun a migratory butterfly having dark wings with red bands and white spots. [Vanessa atalanta.] …   English new terms dictionary

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