painted-lady

painted lady

noun
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:
1745–55

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painted lady
 
n
a migratory nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, with pale brownish-red mottled wings

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