Definition of red admiral in English:

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red admiral

Pronunciation: /ˌred ˈadm(ə)rəl/


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A migratory butterfly that has dark wings marked with red-orange bands and white spots.
  • Genus Vanessa, subfamily Nymphalinae, family Nymphalidae: several species, in particular the common and widespread V. atalanta.
Example sentences
  • Not just the usual cabbage whites this year, but tortoiseshells, red admirals, painted ladies and peacock butterflies too.
  • 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.
  • She was lying in the dust beneath a white buddleia, staring straight ahead, sniffing at red admirals and painted ladies as they fluttered past.

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Syllabification: red ad·mi·ral

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