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[ 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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Nearby words

morphine, morphing, morphinic, morphinism, morphinomania, morpho, morpho-, morphodite, morphogenesis, morphogenetic, morphogenetic movement
Also called morpho butterfly.

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. 2019

Examples 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for morpho


before vowels morph-, word-forming element meaning "form, shape," from comb. form of Greek morphe "form, shape; beauty, outward appearance" (see Morpheus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for morpho



Form; shape; structure:morphogenesis.
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