Kallima

noun

Kal·​li·​ma
ˈkaləmə
: a genus of highly mimetic nymphalid butterflies of southern Asia and the Pacific islands that are often brilliantly colored above but when at rest with wings folded resemble dead leaves in color and markings

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, probably irregular from Greek kallimos beautiful, from kallos beauty

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“Kallima.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kallima. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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