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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Origin and Etymology of heliconius
New Latin, from Latin, of Helicon
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