from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of various butterflies of the subfamily Satyridæ, as Hipparchia janira. Also called satyr. The eyed meadow-brown of the eastern United States is Satyrodes Eurydice.


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  • A silver-washed fritillary – all tawny orange with black cryptic wing texts and flashes of mother-of-pearl – flew in and was immediately mobbed by ringlet and meadow-brown butterflies.

    Country diary: Wenlock Edge 2011

  • That was beautiful of the meadow-brown, it was Christian of the meadow-brown, seeing the war to the death that he and Gwen had waged against it at home.

    The Gentleman A Romance of the Sea Alfred Ollivant 1900

  • Legion is a little word for the butterflies; the dry pastures among the woods are brown with meadow-brown; blues and coppers float in endless succession; all the nations of Xerxes 'army were but a handful to these.

    Field and Hedgerow Being the Last Essays of Richard Jefferies Richard Jefferies 1867

  • To entomologists the Daisy is interesting as an attractive flower to insects; for "it is visited by nine hymenoptera, thirteen diptera, three coleoptera, and two lepidoptera -- namely, the least meadow-brown and the common blue butterflies." [

    The plant-lore & garden-craft of Shakespeare Henry Nicholson Ellacombe 1868


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