mourning cloak

noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples of mourning cloak

  • In their habits they are quite similar to the caterpillars of the Mourning-cloak.

  • I had made a mourning-cloak of the apron by tying it, hind part before, about my neck, whence it drooped to my heels.

  • After hatching from the egg, the Mourning-cloak caterpillars are also subject to the attacks of various parasites.

  • This species is commonly called the Mourning-cloak butterfly—not a particularly happy name for so beautiful an insect.

  • The caterpillars of the Mourning-cloak butterflies are restricted to comparatively few food plants.


British Dictionary definitions for mourning cloak

mourning cloak

noun
  1. the US name for Camberwell beauty
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