painted lady(redirected from Cosmopolite (butterfly))
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1. A widely distributed butterfly (Cynthia cardui syn. Vanessa cardui) having brown, black, and orange markings.
2. A house, especially a Victorian house, having decorative trim painted in several colors.
(Animals) a migratory nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, with pale brownish-red mottled wings
a butterfly, Vanessa cardui, having brownish black and orange wings and hind wings each with four eyespots.