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painted lady

Syllabification: paint·ed la·dy

Definition of painted lady in English:

noun

1A migratory butterfly with predominantly orange-brown wings and darker markings.
Example sentences
  • All the way we were accompanied by electric blue and emerald green damsel flies and along the banks we spotted red admirals, painted ladies, peacocks, and mere common butterflies.
  • Alfalfa butterflies, painted ladies, woolly bears and various other species have been abundant all summer.
  • She was lying in the dust beneath a white buddleia, staring straight ahead, sniffing at red admirals and painted ladies as they fluttered past.
2 (also Painted Lady) A Victorian house, the exterior of which is painted in three or more colors, effectively highlighting the architecture.
Example sentences
  • Gladiolus carneus or "Painted lady" grows to 1m tall.
  • While long-tubed painted lady has been long in cultivation, it is still rare.

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