heliconius

noun
hel·​i·​co·​ni·​us | \ ˌheləˈkōnēəs \

Definition of heliconius

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

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History and Etymology for heliconius

New Latin, from Latin, of Helicon

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“Heliconius.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heliconius. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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