Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various large, brightly colored butterflies of the genus Morpho, found in tropical parts of Central and South America and including especially M. menelaus and M. rhetenor. These butterflies are noted for the brilliant iridescent blue color of their wings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the genus Morpho of large tropical American butterflies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of large, handsome, tropical American butterflies, of the genus Morpho. They are noted for the very brilliant metallic luster and bright colors (often blue) of the upper surface of the wings. The lower surface is usually brown or gray, with eyelike spots.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of magnificent nymphalid butterflies, typical of the subfamily Mornhinæ.

Etymologies

New Latin Morphō, genus name, from Greek, epithet of Aphrodite, perhaps from morphē, shape, form.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name, from Ancient Greek μορφώ (morphō, "the Shapely One") (a name of Aphrodite). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini: I find this kind of morpho-dynamic approach immensely productive.

    ScreenTalk

  • Long-beaked green kingfishers flew across our path and bright blue morpho butterflies fluttered above our heads, more than once landing on one of our helmets.

    A Rio Runs Through It

  • My room is elegantly simple, with a framed captured purple butterfly on the wall morpho sega, small Moroccan glass vases on a shelf, and a king sized white bed.

    Karin Badt: Surf and Yoga: A New Way to Experience Morocco

  • He's used four species, two of which I recognised: the morpho cypris (a bright, shiny blue one from South America) and the African giant blue (second largest in Africa).

    Another view on Damien Hirst: The Souls

  • But what knocked me out was seeing the morpho cypris in purple: if you got one that colour in real life, it would have a hard time, since butterflies recognise their mates by the colour of their wings.

    Another view on Damien Hirst: The Souls

  • Shay was still too skinny, even after the morpho software had pulled her toward the average.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet

  • So the first thing the morpho software did was take each side of your face and double it, like holding a mirror right down the middle, creating two examples of perfect symmetry.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet

  • She doubted a doctor would give this morpho a second glance, but it was fun to push the software to its limits.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet

  • They were an amazingly bright blue, like the wings of a morpho butterfly.

    BELLY UP

  • Michael saw, sitting on the cross around his neck, a large, iridescent blue morpho butterfly, attracted by the early morning rays hitting the semi-precious stones, a strange flower of sorts.

    A Reasonably Comfortable Circle In Hell

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