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morpho

[ mawr-foh ]
/ ˈmɔr foʊ /
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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”

Other definitions for morpho (2 of 2)

morpho-

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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WORDS THAT USE MORPHO-

What does morpho- mean?

Morpho– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “form, structure.” It is often occasionally used in scientific terms, especially in biology and linguistics.

Morpho– comes from Greek morphḗ, meaning “form.”

What are variants of morpho-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, morpho– becomes morph, as in morphactin. Additional related combining forms include morphic, morphism, and morphous. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles on all four combining forms.

Examples of morpho-

A scientific term that uses the form morpho– is morphology, “the branch of biology dealing with the form and structure of organisms.”

We know morpho– means “form,” while the logy portion of the word refers to “science” or “body of knowledge,” from Greek logía. Morphology literally translates to “science of forms.”

What are some words that use the combining form morpho-?

What are some other forms that morpho– may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form metry means “the process of measuring.” With this in mind, what does morphometry literally mean?

How to use morpho in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for morpho

morpho-

before a vowel morph-


combining form
indicating form or structuremorphology
morphememorphophonemics

Word Origin for morpho-

from Greek morphē form, shape
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