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purple emperor

noun
1.
any of several Old World nymphalid butterflies of the genus Apatura, esp A. iris, having mottled purple-and-brown wings
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  • The purple emperor is looked upon as the king of English butterflies.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • This also the purple emperor remembered, and waited his chance to get even with me.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • There was a candle flaring in the purple emperor's window, but I could not see him.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • "He's hardened," observed the purple emperor, wagging his head.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • The purple emperor aroma—the Belinda magic—held him thralled.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • Ages ago the Swallow tail disputed sovereignty with the purple emperor.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • "'Happy to meet you," said the purple emperor, with a glance round the crowded round-house.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • Nevertheless, the purple emperor hated me, and constantly threatened to send Lys back to her dreary flax-spinning.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • Probably the purple emperor was right, for he certainly was an expert in everything that crawled and wriggled in Brittany.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • For a long time I had refused to believe that any tie of blood linked this dainty blue-eyed creature with the purple emperor.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers

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