Tortoise-shell butterfly

Related to Tortoise-shell butterfly: comma butterfly
(Zool.) any one of several species of handsomely colored butterflies of the genus Aglais, as Aglais Milberti, and Aglais urticæ, both of which, in the larva state, feed upon nettles.

See also: Tortoise

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.