Definition of Clifden nonpareil in English:

Clifden nonpareil

Line breaks: Clif|den non|par¦eil
Pronunciation: /klɪfd(ə)nˈnɒnpərɛl/

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  • A large European moth of mostly subdued coloration, with a pale blue band on the underwing.
    • Catocala fraxini, family Noctuidae


mid 18th century: from Clifden (now Cliveden), the name of a village in Buckinghamshire, England, and nonpareil.

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