[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for morpho
before a vowel morph-
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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