- any of various large, tropical American butterflies of the genus Morpho, having brilliant blue, iridescent wings with an underside of brown or gray and eyelike spots.
- a combining form meaning “form, structure,” used in the formation of compound words: morphology.
Origin of morpho-
Examples from the Web for morpho
Historical Examples of morpho
In the broad alleys of the forest, several species of Morpho were common.
Helicons came, and once a morpho, the latter a great rarity away from the interior of the woods.The Sea and the Jungle
H. M. Tomlinson
The largest specimens of Morpho Cisseis measure seven inches and a half in expanse.
before a vowel morph-
- indicating form or structuremorphology
Word Origin for morpho-
before vowels morph-, word-forming element meaning "form, shape," from comb. form of Greek morphe "form, shape; beauty, outward appearance" (see Morpheus).
- Form; shape; structure:morphogenesis.