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Camberwell beauty

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noun
  1. mourning cloak.
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Origin of Camberwell beauty

First recorded in 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for camberwell beauty

Camberwell beauty

noun
  1. a nymphalid butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa, of temperate regions, having dark purple wings with cream-yellow bordersUS name: mourning cloak
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Word Origin

C19: named after Camberwell, a district of S London
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