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Meaning of brush-footed butterfly

brush'-foot•ed but'terfly

Pronunciation: (brush'foot"id), [key]
  1. any of several butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, including the fritillaries, mourning cloaks, anglewings, and commas, characterized by reduced, nonfunctional forelegs. Also called
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