One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European butterfly related to the brimstone, with wings that vary from pale cream to orange-yellow.
- ‘The Cleopatra butterfly replaces the familiar brimstone in the south of Europe.’
- ‘Highlights included close views of a Cleopatra butterfly, a Wood Cricket and excellent views of a Hoopoe by Langle.’
- ‘I managed to catch the prized Cleopatra butterfly on my birthday.’
(69–30 BC), queen of Egypt 47–30; the last Ptolemaic (Macedonian dynasty) ruler; also known as Cleopatra VII. After a brief liaison with Julius Caesar, she formed a political and romantic alliance with Mark Antony. Their ambitions ultimately brought them into conflict with Rome, and they were defeated at the battle of Actium in 31. She is reputed to have committed suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by an asp.
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