As*cle"pi*as, n. [L., fr. Gr. , named from Asclepios or Aesculapius.] Bot.

A genus of plants including the milkweed, swallowwort, and some other species having medicinal properties.

Asclepias butterfly Zool., a large, handsome, red and black butterfly (Danais Archippus), found in both hemispheres. It feeds on plants of the genus Asclepias.

 

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