Definition of Clifden nonpareil in English:

Clifden nonpareil

Line breaks: Clif|den non|par¦eil
Pronunciation: /klɪfd(ə)nˈnɒnpərɛl
 
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noun

  • A large European moth of mostly subdued coloration, with a pale blue band on the underwing.
    • Catocala fraxini, family Noctuidae
    More example sentences
    • Yes we caught a Clifden Nonpareil here at Longstone on 11/9.
    • Also this year on St.Mary's a Clifden Nonpareil had been trapped, so we were full of optimism and were sure we would get some good moths and some good birds.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Clifden (now Cliveden), the name of a village in Buckinghamshire, England, and nonpareil.

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