Ornithoptera

noun
Or·​ni·​thop·​tera | \ ˌȯ(r)nəˈthäpt(ə)rə\

Definition of Ornithoptera

: 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

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History and Etymology for Ornithoptera

New Latin, from ornith- + -ptera

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