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painted lady

a butterfly, Vanessa cardui, having brownish-black and orange wings and hind wings each with four eyespots, the larvae of which feed on thistles.
Origin of painted lady
First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Bronson crouching in the darkness of the third landing was glad of the company of the painted lady on the stairs.

    The Tin Soldier Temple Bailey
  • "Good gracious," he said, one day to a painted lady of that category.

  • But the vision and visit of the painted lady caused two vacancies.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • He saw the big house, the painted lady smiling no more on the stairs.

    The Tin Soldier Temple Bailey
  • And so the painted lady on the stairs saw all the sinister things that Hilda had brought into the big house swept out of it.

    The Tin Soldier Temple Bailey
  • I think He just said to you, 'There is a painted lady's child at your door.

    Tommy and Grizel J.M. Barrie
  • And so the painted lady's daughter has found a way of making Tommy's life the story of a perfect lover, after all.

    Tommy and Grizel J.M. Barrie
  • We raise our eyes to heaven and encounter the fixed, inane smile of a painted lady with a wand, seated in a wreath of flowers.

  • The painted lady's lips were poisoned, so that a kiss was fatal.

    The Art of Public Speaking Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  • There was, also, the wide collar of pearls with the diamond slides which had been worn by the painted lady on the stairs.

    The Tin Soldier Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for painted lady

painted lady

a migratory nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, with pale brownish-red mottled wings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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