phaeism

noun

phae·​ism
ˈfēˌizəm
plural -s
: incomplete melanism in a butterfly

Word History

Etymology

Greek phaios dusky, gray + English -ism; akin to Greek phaidros bright, Lithuanian giedras bright, clear, Latvian gàiss air, weather

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“Phaeism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phaeism. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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