papilio

Papilio

Pa*pil"i*o\, n. [L., a butterfly.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of butterflies.

Note: Formerly it included numerous species which are now placed in other genera. By many writers it is now restricted to the swallow-tailed butterflies, like Papilio polyxenes, or asterias, and related species.
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