Main meanings of apollo in English

: apollo1Apollo2


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nounplural noun apollos

  • 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 apollo goes one step further; after mating he secretes and glues a rigid structure called a ‘sphragis’ over the unfortunate female's abdomen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Small apollo butterflies demonstrate various means of defense to increase their chances of survival.’


Mid 19th century from Apollo.

Main meanings of Apollo in English

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proper noun

  • 1Greek Mythology
    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.

  • 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.