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Fritillary   Listen
noun
Fritillary  n.  
1.
(Bot.) A plant with checkered petals, of the genus Fritillaria: the Guinea-hen flower. See Fritillaria.
2.
(Zool.) One of several species of butterflies belonging to Argynnis and allied genera; so called because the coloring of their wings resembles that of the common Fritillaria. See Aphrodite.






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"Fritillary" Quotes from Famous Books



... no means whatever, in all the heap, of finding out what a Thibaudia is like. Loudon's Cyclopaedia, the only general book I have, tells me only that it will grow well in camellia houses, that its flowers develope at Christmas, and that they are beautifully varied like a fritillary: whereupon I am very anxious to see them, and taste their fruit, and be able to {217} tell my pupils something intelligible of them,—a new order, as it seems to me, among my Oreiades. But for the present I can make no room for them, and must ...
— Proserpina, Volume 1 - Studies Of Wayside Flowers • John Ruskin

... the tortoiseshell and the white and the blue—the little blue butterflies that flutter over the gold and red of the cornfields. But the average man does not even know by name such varieties as the Camberwell Beauty, the Dingy Skipper, the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, and the White-letter Hairstreak. As for the moth, are there not as many sorts of moths as there are words in a dictionary? Many men give all the pleasant hours of their lives to learning how to know the difference between one of them and another. ...
— The Pleasures of Ignorance • Robert Lynd

... rush of insect life there was in the air, new-born fritillary butterflies like little flames, dragon-flies, bee-hawks, fat sun-beetles, gorgeous flies, the sinister green praying-mantis! The Athena of the air expressed herself ...
— A Tramp's Sketches • Stephen Graham



Words linked to "Fritillary" :   stink bell, genus Fritillaria, Fritillaria liliaceae, Fritillaria recurva, bulbous plant, Fritillaria parviflora, mission bells, crown imperial, Fritillaria mutica, Fritillaria agrestis, brown bells, silverspot, adobe lily, Fritillaria lanceolata, Fritillaria affinis, Fritillaria, snake's head fritillary, checkered daffodil, four-footed butterfly, rice-grain fritillary



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