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Asclepias butterflyAsclepias As*cle"pi*as, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, named from
Asclepios or Aesculapius.] (Bot.)
A genus of plants including the milkweed, swallowwort, and
some other species having medicinal properties.
Asclepias butterfly (Zo["o]l.), a large, handsome, red and
black butterfly (Danais Archippus), found in both
hemispheres. It feeds on plants of the genus Asclepias. butterfly lilyMariposa lily Ma`ri*po"sa lil`y [Sp. mariposa a butterfly + E.
lily. So called from the gay apperance of the blossoms.]
One of a genus (Calochortus) of tuliplike bulbous herbs
with large, and often gaycolored, blossoms. Called also
butterfly lily. Most of them are natives of California. Butterfly rayRay Ray, n. [F. raie, L. raia. Cf. Roach.] (Zo["o]l.)
(a) Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order
Rai[ae], including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.
(b) In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat,
narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See
Bishop ray, a yellow-spotted, long-tailed eagle ray
(Stoasodon n[`a]rinari) of the Southern United States
and the West Indies.
Butterfly ray, a short-tailed American sting ray
(Pteroplatea Maclura), having very broad pectoral fins.
Devil ray. See Sea Devil.
Eagle ray, any large ray of the family Myliobatid[ae], or
[AE]tobatid[ae]. The common European species
(Myliobatis aquila) is called also whip ray, and
Electric ray, or Cramp ray, a torpedo.
Starry ray, a common European skate (Raia radiata).
Sting ray, any one of numerous species of rays of the
family Trygonid[ae] having one or more large, sharp,
barbed dorsal spines on the whiplike tail. Called also
stingaree. Cabbage butterflyCabbage Cab"bage (k[a^]b"b[asl]j), n. [OE. cabage, fr. F.
cabus headed (of cabbages), chou cabus headed cabbage,
cabbage head; cf. It. capuccio a little head, cappuccio cowl,
hood, cabbage, fr. capo head, L. caput, or fr. It. cappa
cape. See Chief, Cape.] (Bot.)
1. An esculent vegetable of many varieties, derived from the
wild Brassica oleracea of Europe. The common cabbage has
a compact head of leaves. The cauliflower, Brussels
sprouts, etc., are sometimes classed as cabbages.
2. The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used, like,
cabbage, for food. See Cabbage tree, below.
3. The cabbage palmetto. See below.
Cabbage aphis (Zo["o]l.), a green plant-louse (Aphis
brassic[ae]) which lives upon the leaves of the cabbage.
Cabbage beetle (Zo["o]l.), a small, striped flea-beetle
(Phyllotreta vittata) which lives, in the larval state,
on the roots, and when adult, on the leaves, of cabbage
and other cruciferous plants.
Cabbage butterfly (Zo["o]l.), a white butterfly (Pieris
rap[ae] of both Europe and America, and the allied P.
oleracea, a native American species) which, in the larval
state, devours the leaves of the cabbage and the turnip.
See Cabbage worm, below.
Cabbage fly (Zo["o]l.), a small two-winged fly (Anthomyia
brassic[ae]), which feeds, in the larval or maggot state,
on the roots of the cabbage, often doing much damage to
Cabbage head, the compact head formed by the leaves of a
cabbage; -- contemptuously or humorously, and
colloquially, a very stupid and silly person; a numskull.
Cabbage palmetto, a species of palm tree (Sabal Palmetto)
found along the coast from North Carolina to Florida.
Cabbage rose (Bot.), a species of rose (Rosa centifolia)
having large and heavy blossoms.
Cabbage tree, Cabbage palm, a name given to palms having
a terminal bud called a cabbage, as the Sabal Palmetto
of the United States, and the Euterpe oleracea and
Oreodoxa oleracea of the West Indies.
Cabbage worm (Zo["o]l.), the larva of several species of
moths and butterflies, which attacks cabbages. The most
common is usually the larva of a white butterfly. See
Cabbage butterfly, above. The cabbage cutworms, which
eat off the stalks of young plants during the night, are
the larv[ae] of several species of moths, of the genus
Agrotis. See Cutworm.
(a) Sea kale
(b) . The original Plant (Brassica oleracea), from which
the cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc., have been
derived by cultivation.
Thousand-headed cabbage. See Brussels sprouts. Comma butterflyComma Com"ma, n. [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. ?
clause, fr. ? to cut off. Cf. Capon.]
1. A character or point [,] marking the smallest divisions of
a sentence, written or printed.
2. (Mus.) A small interval (the difference between a major
and minor half step), seldom used except by tuners.
Comma bacillus (Physiol.), a variety of bacillus shaped
like a comma, found in the intestines of patients
suffering from cholera. It is considered by some as having
a special relation to the disease; -- called also cholera
Comma butterfly (Zo["o]l.), an American butterfly (Grapta
comma), having a white comma-shaped marking on the under
side of the wings. Elm butterflyElm Elm, n. [AS. elm; akin to D. olm, OHG. elm, G. ulme, Icel.
almr, Dan. & Sw. alm, L. ulmus, and E. alder. Cf. Old.]
A tree of the genus Ulmus, of several species, much used as
a shade tree, particularly in America. The English elm is
Ulmus campestris; the common American or white elm is U.
Americana; the slippery or red elm, U. fulva.
Elm beetle (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of beetles
(esp. Galeruca calmariensis), which feed on the leaves
of the elm.
Elm borer (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of beetles of
which the larv[ae] bore into the wood or under the bark of
the elm (esp. Saperda tridentata).
Elm butterfly (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of
butterflies, which, in the caterpillar state, feed on the
leaves of the elm (esp. Vanessa antiopa and Grapta
comma). See Comma butterfly, under Comma.
Elm moth (Zo["o]l.), one of numerous species of moths of
which the larv[ae] destroy the leaves of the elm (esp.
Eugonia subsignaria, called elm spanworm).
Elm sawfly (Zo["o]l.), a large sawfly (Cimbex Americana).
The larva, which is white with a black dorsal stripe,
feeds on the leaves of the elm. milkweed butterflyMonarch Mon"arch, n. [F. monarque, L. monarcha, fr. Gr. ?, ?;
? alone + ? to be first, rule, govern. See Archi-.]
1. A sole or supreme ruler; a sovereign; the highest ruler;
an emperor, king, queen, prince, or chief.
He who reigns Monarch in heaven, . . . upheld by old
2. One superior to all others of the same kind; as, an oak is
called the monarch of the forest.
3. A patron deity or presiding genius.
Come, thou, monarch of the vine, Plumpy Bacchus.
4. (Zo["o]l.) A very large red and black butterfly (Danais
Plexippus); -- called also milkweed butterfly.
Sea butterfly Sea" but"ter*fly` (Zo["o]l.)
Spirit butterflySpirit Spir"it, n. [OF. espirit, esperit, F. esprit, L.
spiritus, from spirare to breathe, to blow. Cf. Conspire,
Expire, Esprit, Sprite.]
1. Air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes,
life itself. [Obs.] ``All of spirit would deprive.'
The mild air, with season moderate, Gently
attempered, and disposed eo well, That still it
breathed foorth sweet spirit. --Spenser.
2. A rough breathing; an aspirate, as the letter h; also, a
mark to denote aspiration; a breathing. [Obs.]
Be it a letter or spirit, we have great use for it.
3. Life, or living substance, considered independently of
corporeal existence; an intelligence conceived of apart
from any physical organization or embodiment; vital
essence, force, or energy, as distinct from matter.
4. The intelligent, immaterial and immortal part of man; the
soul, in distinction from the body in which it resides;
the agent or subject of vital and spiritual functions,
whether spiritual or material.
There is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the
Almighty giveth them understanding. --Job xxxii.
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
without works is dead also. --James ii.
Spirit is a substance wherein thinking, knowing,
doubting, and a power of moving, do subsist.
5. Specifically, a disembodied soul; the human soul after it
has left the body.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was,
and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Ye gentle spirits far away, With whom we shared the
cup of grace. --Keble.
6. Any supernatural being, good or bad; an apparition; a
specter; a ghost; also, sometimes, a sprite,; a fairy; an
Whilst young, preserve his tender mind from all
impressions of spirits and goblins in the dark.
7. Energy, vivacity, ardor, enthusiasm, courage, etc.
``Write it then, quickly,' replied Bede; and
summoning all his spirits together, like the last
blaze of a candle going out, he indited it, and
8. One who is vivacious or lively; one who evinces great
activity or peculiar characteristics of mind or temper;
as, a ruling spirit; a schismatic spirit.
Such spirits as he desired to please, such would I
choose for my judges. --Dryden.
9. Temper or disposition of mind; mental condition or
disposition; intellectual or moral state; -- often in the
plural; as, to be cheerful, or in good spirits; to be
downhearted, or in bad spirits.
God has . . . made a spirit of building succeed a
spirit of pulling down. --South.
A perfect judge will read each work of wit With the
same spirit that its author writ. --Pope.
10. Intent; real meaning; -- opposed to the letter, or to
formal statement; also, characteristic quality,
especially such as is derived from the individual genius
or the personal character; as, the spirit of an
enterprise, of a document, or the like.
11. Tenuous, volatile, airy, or vapory substance, possessed
of active qualities.
All bodies have spirits . . . within them. --Bacon.
12. Any liquid produced by distillation; especially, alcohol,
the spirits, or spirit, of wine (it having been first
distilled from wine): -- often in the plural.
13. pl. Rum, whisky, brandy, gin, and other distilled liquors
having much alcohol, in distinction from wine and malt
14. (Med.) A solution in alcohol of a volatile principle. Cf.
Tincture. --U. S. Disp.
15. (Alchemy) Any one of the four substances, sulphur, sal
ammoniac, quicksilver, or arsenic (or, according to some,
The four spirits and the bodies seven. --Chaucer.
16. (Dyeing) Stannic chloride. See under Stannic.
Note: Spirit is sometimes joined with other words, forming
compounds, generally of obvious signification; as,
spirit-moving, spirit-searching, spirit-stirring, etc.
Astral spirits, Familiar spirits, etc. See under
Astral, Familiar, etc.
(a) (Physiol.) The fluid which at one time was supposed
to circulate through the nerves and was regarded as
the agent of sensation and motion; -- called also the
nervous fluid, or nervous principle.
(b) Physical health and energy; frolicsomeness;
Ardent spirits, strong alcoholic liquors, as brandy, rum,
whisky, etc., obtained by distillation.
Holy Spirit, or The Spirit (Theol.), the Spirit of God,
or the third person of the Trinity; the Holy Ghost. The
spirit also signifies the human spirit as influenced or
animated by the Divine Spirit.
Proof spirit. (Chem.) See under Proof.
Rectified spirit (Chem.), spirit rendered purer or more
concentrated by redistillation, so as to increase the
percentage of absolute alcohol.
Spirit butterfly (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
delicate butterflies of tropical America belonging to the
genus Ithomia. The wings are gauzy and nearly destitute
Spirit duck. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The buffle-headed duck.
(b) The golden-eye.
Spirit lamp (Art), a lamp in which alcohol or methylated
spirit is burned.
Spirit level. See under Level.
Spirit of hartshorn. (Old Chem.) See under Hartshorn.
Spirit of Mindererus (Med.), an aqueous solution of acetate
of ammonium; -- named after R. Minderer, physician of
Spirit of nitrous ether (Med. Chem.), a pale yellow liquid,
of a sweetish taste and a pleasant ethereal odor. It is
obtained by the distillation of alcohol with nitric and
sulphuric acids, and consists essentially of ethyl nitrite
with a little acetic aldehyde. It is used as a
diaphoretic, diuretic, antispasmodic, etc. Called also
sweet spirit of niter.
Spirit of salt (Chem.), hydrochloric acid; -- so called
because obtained from salt and sulphuric acid. [Obs.]
Spirit of sense, the utmost refinement of sensation. [Obs.]
Spirits, or Spirit, of turpentine (Chem.), rectified
oil of turpentine, a transparent, colorless, volatile, and
very inflammable liquid, distilled from the turpentine of
the various species of pine; camphine. See Camphine.
Spirit of vitriol (Chem.), sulphuric acid; -- so called
because formerly obtained by the distillation of green
Spirit of vitriolic ether (Chem.) ether; -- often but
incorrectly called sulphuric ether. See Ether. [Obs.]
Spirits, or Spirit, of wine (Chem.), alcohol; -- so
called because formerly obtained by the distillation of
Spirit rapper, one who practices spirit rapping; a
``medium' so called.
Spirit rapping, an alleged form of communication with the
spirits of the dead by raps. See Spiritualism, 3.
Sweet spirit of niter. See Spirit of nitrous ether,
above. Troilus butterflyTroilus butterfly Tro"i*lus butterfly
A large American butterfly (Papilio troilus). It is black,
with yellow marginal spots on the front wings, and blue on
Meaning of Butterfly from wikipedia
in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera
from the order
moths. Adult butterflies
- A butterfly
is a flying
may also refer
(corporation), a sporting goods equipment maker
- Play media
theory, the butterfly effect
is the sensitive dependence
on initial conditions
a small change
in one state
of a deterministic...
- In finance, a butterfly
is a limited
risk, non-directional options strategy
that is designed
to have a high probability
a limited profit
- Madama Butterfly
(IPA: [maˈdaːma ˈbatterflai]; Madam Butterfly
) is an opera
acts (originally two) by Giacomo
Puccini, with an Italian
- Butterfly wings
or similar phrasings
wings, literal sense butterfly
effect, a proverbial illustration
of the chaos-theory idea...
- The monarch butterfly
or simply monarch
(Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly
(subfamily Danainae) in the family
Nymphalidae. Other common names
- A butterfly
house, conservatory, or lepidopterarium
is a facility which
is specifically intended
for the breeding
with an emphasis...
and flattened. "Butterfly
from the resemblance
of the cut to the wings
of a butterfly
. In butchery, butterflying transforms
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- "To a Butterfly
" Stay near me—do not take thy flight! A little longer
stay in sight! Much converse
do I find in Thee, Historian of my Infancy...
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