metalmark

noun
met·​al·​mark | \ˈme-tᵊl-ˌmärk \

Definition of metalmark 

: any of a family (Riodinidae) of small or medium-sized usually brightly colored chiefly tropical butterflies that often have metallic coloration on the wings

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Biologists already knew that metalmark larvae produce a nutritious goo and feed it to ants in exchange for their protection from predators. National Geographic, "Butterfly Thieves Steal From 'Badass' Ants—A First," 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, "Butterfly Thieves Steal From 'Badass' Ants—A First," 15 June 2016

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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