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purple emperor

any of several Old World nymphalid butterflies of the genus Apatura, esp A. iris, having mottled purple-and-brown wings
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The purple emperor takes its station at the top of the tallest oak and rarely descends to earth.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • The purple emperor aroma—the Belinda magic—held him thralled.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • "I should not be surprised if that dangerous stone, the purple emperor, is at the bottom of it all," said Cleek.

    The Riddle of the Purple Emperor Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew
  • Passing out of the door I swung around and shook my finger at the purple emperor.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • Here alone you can meet with the purple emperor butterfly (Apatura Iris); and if properly equipped you may readily secure him.

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