: a genus (the type of the family Lycaenidae) comprising small slender butterflies with the upper surface of the wings usually metallic blue, green, or copper and the undersurface dull or cryptic

Word History


New Latin, from Greek lykaina, feminine of lykos wolf

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“Lycaena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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