painted lady

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painted lady

n.
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.
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painted lady

n
(Animals) a migratory nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, with pale brownish-red mottled wings
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paint′ed la′dy


n.
a butterfly, Vanessa cardui, having brownish black and orange wings and hind wings each with four eyespots.
[1745–55]
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References in periodicals archive ?
Most springs in the UAE witness at least a small arrival of north-bound, migrant butterflies, with the large, strikingly coloured Caper White Belenois aurota and Painted Lady Cynthia cardui amongst the most obvious.
'Migration patterns and feeding resources of the Painted Lady butterfly, Cynthia cardui (L.) (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae) in the northeast of the lberian peninsula'.
Observations of butterfly behavior in 1996 in Berkshire: Interplay between Vanessa atalanta (L.), Cynthia cardui (L.) (Lep.: Nymphalidae) and one gay cat, an (?) alluring predator.