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vanessid

/vəˈnɛsɪd/
noun
1.
a butterfly belonging to any of several brightly coloured species, including admirals, tortoiseshells, and the Camberwell beauty, which with the fritillaries comprise the Nymphalidae
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to this group
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin vanessa
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  • The monkey ate various forms of Precis (a vanessid), after which it was given Acraea halali.

    Mimicry in Butterflies Reginald Crundall Punnett

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