nymphalid

noun
nym·​pha·​lid | \ nim-ˈfa-ləd How to pronounce nymphalid (audio) , ˈnim-fə-ləd How to pronounce nymphalid (audio) \

Definition of nymphalid

: any of a family (Nymphalidae) of butterflies (such as a mourning cloak or fritillary) with the first pair of legs being hairy, reduced in size, and useless for walking

Other Words from nymphalid

nymphalid adjective

First Known Use of nymphalid

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nymphalid

New Latin Nymphalidae, ultimately from Latin nympha nymph

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“Nymphalid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nymphalid. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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