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Asclepias butterfly Explained

Asclepias butterfly at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Asclepias \As*cle"pi*as\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, named from
Asclepios or Aesculapius.] (Bot.)
A genus of plants including the milkweed, swallowwort, and
some other species having medicinal properties.

{Asclepias butterfly} (Zo["o]l.), a large, handsome, red and
black butterfly ({Danais Archippus}), found in both
hemispheres. It feeds on plants of the genus Asclepias.

Butterfly \But"ter*fly`\, n.; pl. {Butterflies}. [Perh. from the
color of a yellow species. AS. buter-fl[=e]ge,
buttor-fle['o]ge; cf. G. butterfliege, D. botervlieg. See
{Butter}, and {Fly}.] (Zo["o]l.)
A general name for the numerous species of diurnal
Lepidoptera.

Note: [See Illust. under {Aphrodite}.]

{Asclepias butterfly}. See under {Asclepias}.

{Butterfly fish} (Zo["o]l.), the ocellated blenny ({Blennius
ocellaris}) of Europe. See {Blenny}. The term is also
applied to the flying gurnard.

{Butterfly shell} (Zo["o]l.), a shell of the genus {Voluta}.


{Butterfly valve} (Mech.), a kind of double clack valve,
consisting of two semicircular clappers or wings hinged to
a cross rib in the pump bucket. When open it somewhat
resembles a butterfly in shape.