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.
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)