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  1. Vanessa, genus Vanessa(noun)

    painted beauty and red admiral

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  1. Vanessa(ProperNoun)


  2. Origin: Coined by Jonathan Swift for a lady friend officially named Esther Vanhomrigh.

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  1. Vanessa(noun)

    any one of numerous species of handsomely colored butterflies belonging to Vanessa and allied genera. Many of these species have the edges of the wings irregularly scalloped

  2. Origin: [Probably from Swift's poem of Cadenus and Vanessa. See Vanessa, in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.]

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  1. Vanessa

    Vanessa is an American opera in three acts by Samuel Barber with an original English libretto by Gian-Carlo Menotti. It was composed in 1956–1957 and was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 15, 1958 under the baton of Dimitri Mitropoulos in a production designed by Cecil Beaton and directed by Menotti. Barber revised the opera in 1964, reducing the four acts to the three-act version most commonly performed today.

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