noun, plural frit·il·lar·ies.
- frit fly,
- fritter away,
- fritto misto,
Origin of fritillary
Examples from the Web for fritillary
All the little woods and copses by the road side abounded with Butterflies of the Fritillary tribe, without silver spots.Lachesis Lapponica|Carl von Linn
In Argynnis hyperbius the appearance is in general that of the Fritillary group to which it belongs.
The Danaid is a low-country insect, while the Fritillary is not found until several thousand feet up.
Fritillary, frit′il-lar-i, n. a genus of plants of the order Liliace, with drooping purple flowers: a species of butterfly.
The Latin name for a dice-box has survived in the fritillary butterfly and flower.
noun plural -laries
Word Origin for fritillary
type of butterfly, 1857, earlier a type of plant (Fritillaria Meleagris, 1633), from Latin fritillus "dice-box," from fritinnire "to twitter," imitative of the rattle of dice. The butterfly so called perhaps from resemblance of its markings to those of dice; or the names may have been given in confusion, perhaps on the notion that fritillus meant "chessboard."