- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
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
- Form; shape; structure:morphogenesis.
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