[ mawr-foh ]
/ ˈmɔr foʊ /

noun, plural mor·phos.

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.



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Also called morpho butterfly.

Origin of morpho

First recorded in 1850–55; from New Latin Morphō, genus name, from Greek Morphṓ “the Shapely, the Beautiful” (an epithet of Aphrodite in Sparta), akin to morphḗ “form, shape, figure, beauty”

Definition for morpho (2 of 2)


a combining form meaning “form, structure,” used in the formation of compound words: morphology.
Also especially before a vowel, morph-.

Origin of morpho-

<Greek, combining form of morphḗ Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for morpho

  • In the broad alleys of the forest, several species of Morpho were common.

    Oregon and Eldorado|Thomas Bulfinch
  • The largest specimens of Morpho Cisseis measure seven inches and a half in expanse.

    Oregon and Eldorado|Thomas Bulfinch
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for morpho


before a vowel morph-

combining form

indicating form or structuremorphology

Word Origin for morpho-

from Greek morphē form, shape
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Medical definitions for morpho



Form; shape; structure:morphogenesis.
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