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also Dan·a·üs  (dăn′ē-əs)
n. Greek Mythology
A king of Argos and father of the Danaides.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a king of Argos who told his fifty daughters, the Danaides, to kill their bridegrooms on their wedding night
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Noun1.Danaüs - type genus of the Danaidae: monarch butterfliesDanaus - type genus of the Danaidae: monarch butterflies
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
Danaidae, family Danaidae - small family of usually tropical butterflies: monarch butterflies
Danaus plexippus, milkweed butterfly, monarch butterfly, monarch - large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markings; the larvae feed on milkweed
References in classic literature ?
Again in the Lynceus, Lynceus is being led away to his death, and Danaus goes with him, meaning, to slay him; but the outcome of the preceding incidents is that Danaus is killed and Lynceus saved.
Argos which was waterless Danaus made well-watered.
Monarchs, Danaus plexippus, are famous for their annual migration from the United States and Canada to Mexico and back.
Papilio esperanza (Beutelspacher) "Esperanza Swallowtail", (Papilionidae), an endemic species, and Danaus plexippus plexippus (Linnaeus) "monarch butterfly" (Nymphalidae) which is migratory.
7) The Latin word "futilis" means leaky, and in Greek mythology, the daughters of Danaus were condemned in the underworld to draw water in leaky sieves, conveying the full meaning of futility.
In Aeschylus' Supplices the Argive king makes a point of emphasizing the role of the demos that votes to accept the supplicant daughters of Danaus as residents in his city.
The Danaids were the daughters of King Danaus, who were also condemned by Zeus -- for killing their husbands -- and sentenced to fill a leaky barrel for eternity.
Widely admired for its eye-catching wings and transcontinental migrations, the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, depends on milkweed plants to survive.
5) The first half of the poem (lines 1-8), introduced by this excuse to Cynthia, describes, successively, the portico, the statues of Danaus and his daughters, a marble image of Apollo with lyre, and a group of four cattle sculpted by Myron.
Citizen-science methods have been used with much success to study the migration and biology of the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus (Linnaeus, 1758), since the tagging project initiated by Fred and Norah Urquhart in 1938.