Definition of peacock butterfly in English:

peacock butterfly


  • A brightly colored Eurasian butterfly with conspicuous eyespots on its wings.

    Inachis io, subfamily Nymphalinae, family Nymphalidae

    ‘The survey revealed that the first record of peacock butterflies was on Boxing Day and, on average, the peacock butterfly is appearing over two weeks earlier than 30 years ago.’
    • ‘Perhaps most surprising is that the peacock butterfly, not normally spotted until March, has already been widely recorded, with a sighting on 28 December last year and others seen flying about in the snow.’
    • ‘Not just the usual cabbage whites this year, but tortoiseshells, red admirals, painted ladies and peacock butterflies too.’
    • ‘Now the BBC's Springwatch survey reveals where the first bumblebees, seven-spot ladybirds, peacock butterflies, swifts, frogspawn and hawthorn have been spotted.’
    • ‘We saw 2 peacock butterflies too.’


peacock butterfly

/ˈpēˌkäk ˈbədərˌflī/ /ˈpiˌkɑk ˈbədərˌflaɪ/