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

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Definition of papilionid in English:

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.

Origin

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

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