|1.||a sovereign head of state, esp a king, queen, or emperor, who rules usually by hereditary right|
|2.||a supremely powerful or pre-eminent person or thing|
|3.||Also called: milkweed a large migratory butterfly, Danaus plexippus, that has orange-and-black wings and feeds on the milkweed plant: family Danaidae|
|[C15: from Late Latin monarcha, from Greek; see |
any of about 60 bird species constituting the subfamily Monarchinae of the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae. The term monarch is usually reserved for members of the Australian and Asian genera Monarcha and Hypothymis; the members of about 12 other Asian and African genera of monarchines are called flycatchers, with various modifiers.
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