vanessid

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
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to this group

Word Origin for vanessid

C20: from New Latin vanessa
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Examples from the Web for vanessid

Historical Examples of vanessid

  • The monkey ate various forms of Precis (a Vanessid), after which it was given Acraea halali.

    Mimicry in Butterflies

    Reginald Crundall Punnett