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mourning cloak

noun
1.
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
1600-1610
1600-10
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Examples from the web for mourning cloak
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for mourning cloak

mourning cloak

noun
1.
the US name for Camberwell beauty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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