Definition of papilionid in English:

papilionid

Line breaks: pa¦pili|onid
Pronunciation: /pəˌpɪlɪˈəʊnɪd
 
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noun

Entomology
A butterfly of a family (Papilionidae) which includes the swallowtails, birdwings, and apollos. They are typically large and boldly marked, and most kinds have tail-like projections on the hindwings.
More example sentences
  • Like many nymphalid, papilionid, and hesperiid butterflies, male H. bolina occupy and defend perching sites in forest clearings and along flight paths as a means of maximizing their encounters with receptive females.
  • Furthermore, these gene duplications evolved after the split between the common ancestor of nymphalid and papilionid butterflies.
  • Like the other papilionids, the males can be seen drinking at seepages or on riverbanks, either singly or accompanied by several other specimens, or even other species.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Papilionidae (plural), from Latin papilio(n-) 'butterfly'.

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