mourning cloak

noun
an anglewing butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa, widely distributed in Europe and North America, having velvety, dark-brown wings with purple spots and pale-yellow edges.
Also called Camberwell beauty.


Origin:
1600–10

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mourning cloak
 
n
the US name for Camberwell beauty

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Example sentences
There were tiger swallowtail, painted lady and mourning cloak butterflies.
Mourning cloak butterflies are sometimes spotted on the first warm days of spring.
Ants and mourning cloak butterflies both overwinter as adults.
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