Definition of checkerspot in English:

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checkerspot

Pronunciation: /ˈCHekərˌspät/

noun

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A North American butterfly with pale markings on the wings that typically form a checkered pattern.
  • Euphydryas and other genera, subfamily Melitaeinae, family Nymphalidae: several species, in particular the Baltimore checkerspot (E. phaeton)
Example sentences
  • Our biologists are working with Mexican and American partners now to recover the light-footed clapper rail, the Quino checkerspot butterfly, the ocelot, and many other species.
  • The acquisitions will add to the adjacent conservation areas and are essential to recovery of the Quino checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino).
  • Residential and commercial development, invasive non-native plants, and air pollution threaten the survival of the bay checkerspot butterfly.

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Syllabification: check·er·spot

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