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painted lady

noun
1.
a butterfly, Vanessa cardui, having brownish-black and orange wings and hind wings each with four eyespots, the larvae of which feed on thistles.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55
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painted lady

noun
1.
a migratory nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, with pale brownish-red mottled wings
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