Ornithoptera

noun

Or·​ni·​thop·​tera
ˌȯ(r)nəˈthäpt(ə)rə
: a genus of large butterflies of the Malay archipelago closely related to the genus Papilio and having the females much larger and much less brightly colored than the males

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from ornith- + -ptera

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“Ornithoptera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ornithoptera. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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