- 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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Examples from the Web for 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.When Grandmamma Was New
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.
- the US name for Camberwell beauty