any of various large N temperate beetles of the family Pyrochroidae, such as Pyrochroa serraticornis, typically scarlet or partly scarlet in colour
of prime importance; chief; principal: of cardinal significance. of the color cardinal. Roman Catholic Church. a high ecclesiastic appointed by the pope to the College of Cardinals and ranking above every other ecclesiastic but the pope. Also called cardinal grosbeak. a crested grosbeak, Cardinalis cardinalis, of North America, the male of which is bright red. […]
- Cardinal direction
noun one of the four principal compass points north, south, east, and west; also called cardinal point
any of the perchlike fishes of the family Apogonidae, many species of which are bright red with black markings.
a North American plant, Lobelia cardinalis, with showy red tubular flowers in an elongated cluster. Historical Examples Lobelia cardinalis (cardinal-flower), apparently common, but out of bloom August, 1857. The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau But when vivid color is wanted, what can surpass or equal our cardinal-flower? Riverby John Burroughs It was a likely place […]