metalmark

noun

met·​al·​mark ˈme-tᵊl-ˌmärk How to pronounce metalmark (audio)
: any of a family (Riodinidae) of small or medium-sized usually brightly colored chiefly tropical butterflies that often have metallic coloration on the wings

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Biologists already knew that metalmark larvae produce a nutritious goo and feed it to ants in exchange for their protection from predators. National Geographic, 15 June 2016 Biologists already knew that metalmark larvae produce a nutritious goo and feed it to ants in exchange for their protection from predators. National Geographic, 15 June 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metalmark was in 1889

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“Metalmark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metalmark. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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