heliconius

noun hel·i·co·ni·us \ˌheləˈkōnēəs\

Definition of heliconius

  1. 1 capitalized :  a large Neotropical genus of long-winged butterflies that are often brilliantly colored or mimetic and that with related American butterflies constitute a subfamily of Nymphalidae or in some classifications the separate family Heliconiidae

  2. 2 plural heliconii \-ēˌī\ :  any butterfly of the genus Heliconius

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Origin and Etymology of heliconius

New Latin, from Latin, of Helicon


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