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hairstreak

[ hair-streek ]
/ ˈhɛərˌstrik /
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noun
any small, dark butterfly of the family Lycaenidae, having hairlike tails on the hind wings.
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Origin of hairstreak

First recorded in 1810–20; hair + streak
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British Dictionary definitions for hairstreak

hairstreak
/ (ˈhɛəˌstriːk) /

noun
any small butterfly of the genus Callophrys and related genera, having fringed wings marked with narrow white streaks: family Lycaenidae
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