Definition of mourning cloak in English:

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mourning cloak

noun

North American
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A migratory butterfly with deep purple yellow-bordered wings.
  • Nymphalis antiopa, subfamily Nymphalinae, family Nymphalidae.
Example sentences
  • I believe they were mostly Harris's checkerspots and wood nymphs, or the like, but there were also the occasional monarchs, swallowtails, and mourning cloaks.
  • Doug talks about some local species of butterflies, ones with cool names like mourning cloaks, commas, and question marks.
  • Butterflies including the tiger swallowtail and mourning cloak rely on the flowers of the red maple for their survival and reproduction.

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Syllabification: mourn·ing cloak

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