Definition of Camberwell beauty in English:

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Camberwell beauty

Pronunciation: /ˌkambəwɛl ˈbjuːti/


A migratory butterfly with deep purple yellow-bordered wings, which is a rare visitor to Britain.
  • Nymphalis antiopa, subfamily Nymphalinae, family Nymphalidae
Example sentences
  • The small number of Camberwell beauties was perhaps a different matter and they would have come from Scandinavia.
  • These wanderings explain the occurrence of Camberwell beauties in Britain, with the highest numbers arriving in 1846, 1872, 1947, 1976 and 1995.
  • There are plenty of birds too including shrikes, stonechats and larks, and butterflies including swallowtails, and in the woodland glades, Camberwell beauties.


Mid 19th century: named after Camberwell in London, then a village, where the first specimens were captured.

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