Definition of Purple emperor

1. Noun. Large European butterfly the male of which has wings shaded with purple.

Exact synonyms: Apatura Iris
Generic synonyms: Emperor, Emperor Butterfly

Definition of Purple emperor

1. Noun. A large, dark brown and white (female), or purple and white (male) butterfly, ''Apatura iris'', of the family Nymphalidae. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Purple Emperor

purple anise
purple apricot
purple avens
purple bacteria
purple beech
purple boneset
purple chinese houses
purple clematis
purple clover
purple coral
purple corals
purple cress
purple drank
purple dye murex
purple dye murices
purple emperor (current term)
purple emperors
purple finch
purple fringeless orchid
purple fringeless orchis
purple gallinule
purple gas
purple grackle
purple granadillo
purple ground cherry
purple hairstreak
purple hairstreaks
purple haze
purple heart
purple heather

Literary usage of Purple emperor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. British Butterflies by James Duncan, Georges Cuvier (1860)
"purple emperor. st pattern Irit. PLATE XXI. Pap. Iris, Linn.—Donovan, pi. 37. c?—Lewin, pi. 16.- purple emperor, Harris.—Purple Highflyer, Wilk ANTENN. ..."

2. The Kipling Reader for Upper Grades by Rudyard Kipling (1912)
"It was the purple emperor, with his high, tight, plate-glass cab and green velvet cushion, ... Now, in the darkest night, even as the purple emperor said, ..."

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