mourning cloak

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noun

an anglewing butterfly, Nymphalis antiopa, widely distributed in Europe and North America, having velvety, dark-brown wings with purple spots and pale-yellow edges.

Origin of mourning cloak

First recorded in 1600–10
Also called Camberwell beauty.
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mourning cloak


noun

the US name for Camberwell beauty
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