Definition of Tortoiseshell butterfly

1. Noun. Brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles.


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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tortoiseshell Butterfly

tortious interference
tortiously
tortipelvic
tortipelvis
tortive
tortness
tortoise-shell
tortoise plant
tortoise shell
tortoise shells
tortoiselike
tortoises
tortoiseshell-cat
tortoiseshell cat
tortoiseshell cats
tortoiseshell turtle
tortoiseshells
tortoni
tortonis
tortrices
tortricid
tortricid moth
tortricids
tortrix
tortrixes
torts
tortulous

Literary usage of Tortoiseshell butterfly

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1. Memories of the Months: Being Pages from the Notebook of a Field-naturalist by Herbert Maxwell (1897)
"... it was not only accentuated by unclouded sunshine, but also, in the naturalist's calendar, by a profuse hatch of the small tortoiseshell butterfly ..."

2. An Encyclopædia of Gardening: Comprising the Theory and Practice of by John Claudius Loudon (1835)
"The Elm, or Large Tortoiseshell, butterfly. The caterpillar is about an inch and three quarters ... The Kettle, or Small Tortoiseshell, butterfly, (ßg. 677. ..."

3. Magazine of Natural History by Edward Charlesworth (1830)
"... humble bees, 22d; small tortoiseshell butterfly, 22d; ants in motion, ... brimstone butterfly and great tortoiseshell butterfly, 17th; slow-worm, 17th. ..."

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