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painted lady

noun
1.
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
1745-1755
First recorded in 1745-55
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  • "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
  • 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
  • He saw the big house, the painted lady smiling no more on the stairs.

    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
  • 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.

  • Brebeuf, who wrote one hundred and fifty epigrams against a painted lady.

  • 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
  • The painted lady smiled at her, the painted lady who was loved by the old man in the shadowed room.

    The Tin Soldier

    Temple Bailey
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for painted lady

painted lady

noun
1.
a migratory nymphalid butterfly, Vanessa cardui, with pale brownish-red mottled wings
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