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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New Latin, from Latin, of Helicon

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