<zoology> Any one of numerous species of handsomely coloured butterflies belonging to Vanessa and allied genera. Many of these species have the edges of the wings irregularly scalloped.

Origin: Probably from Swift's poem of Cadenus and Vanessa. See Vanessa, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.

(01 Mar 1998)

<zoology> A vanessa.

(01 Mar 1998)

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