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n.1.Any one of many species of small delicately colored butterflies belonging to Thecla and allied genera; - called also hairstreak, and elfin.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The revolted viceroy Tecla Georgis placed all his confidence in the Galles, his auxiliaries.
The battle began immediately, and of all the troops of Tecla Georgis only the Galles made any resistance, the rest abandoned him without striking a blow.
This year's wave of South American imports may include Argentine Derby winner Tecla Shiner and Chilean sensation Sos Brillante.
Two sisters, Tecla and Modesta de Basagoiti, born in Ryton, Tyne & Wear on 23rd September, 1852, and 15th June 1854, respectively, whose parents were Bernabe and Maria Antonio (nee de Goti).
The earlier volumes have the imprints, variously, London: Tecla; Hebe's Web, 1997-2000 (see OCLC 38162239 and 47258003).
Thirteen years ago at Christmas, I was in Santa Tecla. I was a shortterm volunteer at an orphanage run by the Baptist Church in San Salvador.
Teachers Allan and Dee Darby work in the town of Santa Tecla, one of the worst hit areas, at the 1,100 pupil Academia Britanica Cuscatleca school.
In the Santa Tecla suburb of the capital, where the torrent of mud fell, hundreds of emergency workers and volunteers struggled to shovel dirt from around collapsed homes.