Definition of lycaenid in English:

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lycaenid

Pronunciation: /līˈsēnid/

noun

Entomology
A small butterfly of a family (Lycaenidae) that includes the blues, coppers, hairstreaks, and arguses.
Example sentences
  • Our work includes representative taxa from all the main lineages of riodinids, lycaenids, and nymphalids (sensu Harvey, Eliot, and Harvey, respectively).
  • Vibrational communication is an important component of the mutualism of lycaenid and riodinid butterfly larvae with ants.

Origin

Late 19th century: from modern Latin Lycaenidae (plural), from the genus name Lycaena, apparently from Greek lukaina 'she-wolf'.

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Syllabification: ly·cae·nid

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