<zoology> A swallow.

A genus of swallows including the purple martin. See Martin.

An American butterfly (Polygonia, or Vanessa, Progne). It is orange and black above, grayish beneath, with an L-shaped silver mark on the hind wings.

Synonyms: gray comma.

Origin: L, a swallow, traditionally said to be fr. Progne (The sister of Philomela), who was changed into a swallow, Gr.

(01 Mar 1998)

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