Meaning of Clifden nonpareil in English:

Clifden nonpareil

Pronunciation /klɪfd(ə)nˈnɒnpərɛl/


  • 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.