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painted beauty

a butterfly, Vanessa virginiensis, having brownish-black and orange wings, the hind wings each having two eyespots.
Origin of painted beauty
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This painted beauty is a wonderful example of harmonious coloring.

    Butterflies Worth Knowing Clarence M. Weed
  • She was the woman of the faded, yellow book, and the painted beauty at the Metropolitan.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram

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