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.

Also called morpho butterfly.


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

Historical Examples of morpho

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

    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

  • The largest specimens of Morpho Cisseis measure seven inches and a half in expanse.

    Oregon and Eldorado

    Thomas Bulfinch

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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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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