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

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

Historical Examples

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

    Mimicry in Butterflies

    Reginald Crundall Punnett