Definition of painted lady in English:

painted lady

Syllabification: paint·ed la·dy

noun

1A migratory butterfly with predominantly orange-brown wings and darker markings.
  • Genus Cynthia, subfamily Nymphalinae, family Nymphalidae: the widely distributed C. cardui, with black and white markings, and the American painted lady (C. virginiensis), with markings resembling eyes on the undersides of the wings
More example sentences
  • All the way we were accompanied by electric blue and emerald green damsel flies and along the banks we spotted red admirals, painted ladies, peacocks, and mere common butterflies.
  • Alfalfa butterflies, painted ladies, woolly bears and various other species have been abundant all summer.
  • She was lying in the dust beneath a white buddleia, staring straight ahead, sniffing at red admirals and painted ladies as they fluttered past.
2 (also Painted Lady) A Victorian house, the exterior of which is painted in three or more colors, effectively highlighting the architecture.
More example sentences
  • Gladiolus carneus or "Painted lady" grows to 1m tall.
  • While long-tubed painted lady has been long in cultivation, it is still rare.

Definition of painted lady in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day nous
Pronunciation: naʊs
noun
common sense; practical intelligence