Definition of danaid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdanē-id/ /ˈdanā-/


A large strikingly marked butterfly of a group that includes the monarch, found chiefly in the tropics of Africa and East Asia.
  • Subfamily Danainae, family Nymphalidae (formerly family Danaidae)
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.


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

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Syllabification: da·na·id

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