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Any of various often brightly colored butterflies of the family Nymphalidae or the subfamily Nymphalinae, having reduced forelegs that are not used for walking.
[From New Latin Nymphālidae, family name, from Nymphālis, type genus, ultimately from Latin nympha, nymph; see nymph.]
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(Animals) any butterfly of the family Nymphalidae, typically having brightly coloured wings: includes the fritillaries, tortoiseshells, red admirals, and peacock
(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the Nymphalidae
[C19: from New Latin, from Nymphālis genus name, from Latin; see nymph]
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nym•pha•lid(ˈnɪm fə lɪd)
any of several butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, characterized by short, nonfunctional forelegs: includes the monarch, mourning cloak, and viceroy.
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|Noun||1.||nymphalid - medium to large butterflies found worldwide typically having brightly colored wings and much-reduced nonfunctional forelegs carried folded on the breast|
butterfly - diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
Camberwell beauty, mourning cloak, mourning cloak butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa - of temperate regions; having dark purple wings with yellow borders
painted beauty, Vanessa virginiensis - American butterfly having dark brown wings with white and golden orange spots
admiral - any of several brightly colored butterflies
red admiral, Vanessa atalanta - of temperate Europe and Asia; having black wings with red and white markings
banded purple, Limenitis arthemis, white admiral - North American butterfly with blue-black wings crossed by a broad white band
Limenitis astyanax, red-spotted purple - similar to the banded purple but with red spots on underwing surfaces
anglewing - nymphalid butterfly having angular notches on the outer edges of the forewings
comma butterfly, Polygonia comma, comma - anglewing butterfly with a comma-shaped mark on the underside of each hind wing
fritillary - butterfly with brownish wings marked with black and silver
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