Definition of Clifden nonpareil in English:

Clifden nonpareil


  • A large European moth of mostly subdued coloration, with a pale blue band on the underwing.

    Catocala fraxini, family Noctuidae

    • ‘Yes we caught a Clifden Nonpareil here at Longstone on 11/9.’
    • ‘Also this year on St.Mary's a Clifden Nonpareil had been trapped, so we were full of optimism and were sure we would get some good moths and some good birds.’


Mid 18th century: from Clifden (now Cliveden), the name of a village in Buckinghamshire, England, and nonpareil.


Clifden nonpareil