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purple emperor Line breaks: pur¦ple em|peror

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of purple emperor in English:


A large European woodland butterfly that has iridescent purplish-black wings with white markings.
  • Apatura iris, subfamily Apaturinae, family Nymphalidae
Example sentences
  • The magnificent Purple Emperor is probably the British butterfly most admired and most sought by butterfly watchers, breeders, photographers and general naturalists alike.
  • Many consider the Purple Emperor, affectionately known as "His Majesty", to be a great rarity, and even people with only a passing interest in butterflies will make annual pilgrimages to its sites to glimpse it.
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