blue morpho

noun

Definition of blue morpho 

: any of various large butterflies of the genus Morpho (such as M. peleides and M. menelaus) having a brilliant blue metallic luster on the upper surface of the wings Just then, a blue morpho, the size of my palm, landed on my blue-flowered knapsack.— Erin Taylor Monroney, National Geographic Traveler, January 1998 Blue morphos often fly in long chains of five or more, making them almost seem to dance as they move through the air.— Lynn Edge, Birmingham (Alabama) News, 29 Aug. 2010

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of blue morpho

1863, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about blue morpho

Share blue morpho

Statistics for blue morpho

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for blue morpho

The first known use of blue morpho was in 1863

See more words from the same year

Comments on blue morpho

What made you want to look up blue morpho? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

having a pattern of small flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!