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[vahys-roi] /ˈvaɪs rɔɪ/
a person appointed to rule a country or province as the deputy of the sovereign:
the viceroy of India.
a brightly marked American butterfly, Limenitis archippus, closely mimicking the monarch butterfly in coloration.
Origin of viceroy
1515-25; < Middle French, equivalent to vice- vice- + roy king < Latin rēgem, accusative of rēx
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viceroyship, noun Unabridged
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a governor of a colony, country, or province who acts for and rules in the name of his sovereign or government related adjective viceregal
Derived Forms
viceroyship, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French, from vice³ + roy king, from Latin rex
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Word Origin and History for viceroy

person ruling as representative of a sovereign, 1520s, from Middle French vice-roy, from Old French vice- "deputy" (see vice-) + roi "king," from Latin regem (nominative rex); see rex. The species of American butterfly so called from 1881.

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