from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cloak formerly worn by persons following a funeral, usually hired from the undertaker.
- n. A butterfly, Vanessa antiopa.
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Hold them close in the warm palm of your hand for a time and the dried bits will quiver, the sides partly separate, and behold! you have brought back to life a beautiful _Euvanessa_, or mourning-cloak butterfly.
I had made a mourning-cloak of the apron by tying it, hind part before, about my neck, whence it drooped to my heels.
The pride is reverently postured, the princely mourning-cloak it wears becomingly braided at the hem with fair designs of our mortal humility in the presence of the vanquisher; against whom, acknowledgeing a visible conquest of the dust, it sustains a placid contention in coloured glass and marbles.
Then Mrs. Talmash knotted round my neck a mourning-cloak that was about eight-times too large for me, and with no gentle hand flattened on my head a hat bordered by heavy sable plumes.
He railed at fops, though he was himself the most affected in the world; instead of the common fashion, he would visit his mistress in a mourning-cloak, band, short cuffs, and a peaked beard.