One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large butterfly which has creamy-white wings marked with black and red spots, found chiefly on the mountains of mainland Europe.
Parnassius apollo, family Papilionidae
- ‘The adult Apollo butterfly can be seen during July and August on sunny hills and mountains 1,500 to 6,500 feet above sea level.’
- ‘The apollo goes one step further; after mating he secretes and glues a rigid structure called a ‘sphragis’ over the unfortunate female's abdomen.’
- ‘Small apollo butterflies demonstrate various means of defense to increase their chances of survival.’
Mid 19th century: from Apollo.
A god, son of Zeus and Leto and brother of Artemis. He is associated with music, poetic inspiration, archery, prophecy, medicine, pastoral life, and the sun.starView synonyms
2The American space programme for landing astronauts on the moon. Apollo 8 was the first mission to orbit the moon (1968), Apollo 11 was the first to land astronauts (1969), and five further landings took place up to 1972.
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