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milkweed butterfly

Origin of milkweed butterfly
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Nothing to make such a fuss over," said a milkweed butterfly.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • It is a milkweed butterfly, and will serve as a good introduction to this new world of winged life.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • They see our colors—yellow and black, the badge of the milkweed butterfly—and off they go seeking a choicer tidbit.

  • The caterpillar of the monarch or milkweed butterfly is a very striking creature.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Thus in writing about the milkweed butterfly, Anosia plexippus, the naturalist will designate it as "A. plexippus."

    The Butterfly Book William Jacob Holland
  • "Crawl out, I suppose," answered the milkweed butterfly with a careless flutter.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson

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