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Noun: monarch (monarchs)  'món,aa(r)k or mó-nu(r)k [N. Amer], mó-nu(r)k [Brit]
  1. A nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
    - sovereign, crowned head
     
  2. Large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markings; the larvae feed on milkweed
    - monarch butterfly, milkweed butterfly, Danaus plexippus

Derived forms: monarchs

Type of: chief of state, danaid, danaid butterfly, head of state, ruler, swayer

Part of: Danaus, genus Danaus

Encyclopedia: Monarch, Virginia