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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.
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a large, deep orange butterfly, Danaus plexippus, having black and white markings and larvae that feed on the leaves of milkweed. Also called monarch.
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|Noun||1.||monarch 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
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