painted turtle

Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta).

Species (Chrysemys picta, family Emydidae) of brightly marked North American turtle found from southern Canada to northern Mexico. It has a smooth shell, 4–7 in. (10–18 cm) long, with red and yellow markings on its relatively flat, black or greenish brown upper shell. It usually lives in quiet, shallow bodies of fresh water, especially those with thickly planted mud bottoms, feeding on plants, small animals, and some carrion. It often basks in large groups on logs and other objects. In many areas it hibernates.

Learn more about painted turtle with a free trial on

American painted lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

Either of two species of butterflies in the genus Vanessa (family Nymphalidae): V. cardui of Africa and Europe or V. virginiensis of North and Central America. They have broad, elaborately patterned wings of reddish orange, brown, white, and blue. In spring, vast numbers of V. cardui travel thousands of miles across the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe. A few members of the subsequent generation travel south in late summer, but most perish in the northern winter. North American painted ladies travel in spring from northwestern Mexico to the Mojave Desert and sometimes as far as Canada. Their larvae eat plants in the aster family; V. cardui larvae eat thistles and stinging nettles.

Learn more about painted lady with a free trial on

or paintbrush

Any plant of the genus Castilleja (snapdragon family), which contains about 200 species of partially or wholly parasitic wildflowers that obtain nourishment from the roots of other plants. The small, tubular, two-lipped flowers are surrounded by brightly coloured upper leaves, giving the plant the appearance of having been dipped in a pot of red, orange, yellow, pink, or white paint.

Learn more about Indian paintbrush with a free trial on

Region, north-central Arizona, U.S. It stretches about 150 mi (240 km) from the Grand Canyon to Petrified Forest National Park and has an area of about 7,500 sq mi (19,425 sq km). The name was first used in 1858 by a government explorer to describe the area's brilliantly coloured rock surfaces, exposed by erosion. A large part of the desert lies within Navajo and Hopi Indian reservations. The Navajo peoples use the various sands for their ceremonial sand paintings.

Learn more about Painted Desert with a free trial on

Painted may refer to objects that have been coated with paint. It may also be used metaphorically for 'colourful' or 'strikingly coloured', or have other meanings, as in the names of:

Animals and plants

Wild birds





Painted Frog could refer to a number of species of frog. See:


  • Painted fish refers to ornamental aquarium fishes which have been artificially coloured to appeal to consumers
  • Painted Greenling, Oxylebius pictus, marine fish native to the eastern Pacific Ocean



  • Painted Tongue, Salpiglossis sinuata, flowering plant in the family Solanaceae
  • Painted Trillium, Trillium undulatum, wildflower of the family Trilliaceae








  • Painted From Memory, musical collaboration between Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach
  • Painted Smiles, small record label run by Ben Bagley, based in New York City, USA


  • Painted Cyclists, artistic, non-political, clothing-optional bike ride ensemble celebrating the spirit of the Summer Solstice, Seattle, USA
  • Painted Grey Ware culture, Iron Age culture of the Gangetic Plain, 1100 BC to 350 BC
  • Painted ladies, collective American vernacular term for Victorian houses painted in a multi-coloured pastel scheme
  • Painted pebbles, class of Pictish artefact unique to northern Scotland in the first millennium AD

Search another word or see Painted!on Dictionary | Thesaurus |Spanish
Copyright © 2015, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature