1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors.
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
2. Nat. Hist.
Marked with bright colors; as, the painted turtle; painted bunting.
Painted beauty Zool., a handsome American butterfly (Vanessa Huntera), having a variety of bright colors, -- Painted cup Bot., any plant of an American genus of herbs (Castilleia) in which the bracts are usually bright-colored and more showy than the flowers. Castilleia coccinea has brilliantly scarlet bracts, and is common in meadows. -- Painted finch. See Nonpareil. -- Painted lady Zool., a bright-colored butterfly. See Thistle butterfly. -- Painted turtle Zool., a common American freshwater tortoise (Chrysemys picta), having bright red and yellow markings beneath.
© Webster 1913.