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 for Painted beauty
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Painted \Paint"ed\, a.
     1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors.
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              As idle as a painted ship
              Upon a painted ocean.                 --Coleridge.
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     2. (Nat. Hist.) Marked with bright colors; as, the painted
        turtle; painted bunting.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  painted beauty
      n 1: American butterfly having dark brown wings with white and
           golden orange spots [syn: painted beauty, Vanessa

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