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Camberwell beauty

Origin of Camberwell beauty
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Camberwell beauty
Historical Examples
  • She was so good to see that people called her "The Camberwell beauty."

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • It was a Camberwell beauty, and Hildegarde followed it about a little as it hovered lazily from one daisy to another.

    Hildegarde's Holiday Laura E. Richards
  • A Camberwell beauty darted through the open door and made its way, in erratic plunges, great wings waving, down the sunny aisle.

    The Man in Lower Ten Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for Camberwell beauty

Camberwell beauty

/ˈkæmbəˌwɛl; -wəl/
a nymphalid butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa, of temperate regions, having dark purple wings with cream-yellow borders US name mourning cloak
Word Origin
C19: named after Camberwell, a district of S London
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