Definition of danaid in English:

danaid

Line breaks: dan¦aid
Pronunciation: /ˈdaneɪɪd
 
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noun

Entomology
  • A large strikingly marked butterfly of a group that includes the monarch (milkweed) and plain tiger, found chiefly in the tropics of Africa and East Asia.
    • Subfamily Danainae, family Nymphalidae (formerly family Danaidae)
    More example sentences
    • The male danaids have two brushlike structures called hairpencils that are normally tucked into the rear of the abdomen.
    • Danaids are large, robust butterflies that contain some of the longest-lived butterflies in the world.
    • The danaid butterflies, such as the Monarch, are well recognised to be doubly defended from predators by two classes of plant-derived toxins.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Danaidae, arbitrary use of the Latin name of the daughters of Danaus.

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