monarch butterfly


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monarch butterfly

n.
A large butterfly (Danaus plexippus) chiefly of North America, having light orange-brown wings with black veins and white-spotted black borders and noted for its long-distance migrations and its brightly colored caterpillars, which feed on milkweed plants.

mon′arch but`terfly


n.
a large, deep orange butterfly, Danaus plexippus, having black and white markings and larvae that feed on the leaves of milkweed. Also called monarch.
[1885–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monarch butterfly - large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markingsmonarch butterfly - large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markings; the larvae feed on milkweed
danaid, danaid butterfly - large tropical butterfly with degenerate forelegs and an unpleasant taste
Danaus, genus Danaus - type genus of the Danaidae: monarch butterflies
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