Definition of nymphalid in English:

nymphalid

Line breaks: nym|phalid
Pronunciation: /nɪmˈfalɪd
 
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noun

Entomology
  • An insect of a large family of strikingly marked butterflies which have small forelegs that are not used for walking, including many familiar butterflies of temperate regions. Compare with vanessid.
    • Family Nymphalidae (sometimes restricted to those that are now usually placed in the subfamily Nymphalinae)
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    • Our work includes representative taxa from all the main lineages of riodinids, lycaenids, and nymphalids.
    • Furthermore, these gene duplications evolved after the split between the common ancestor of nymphalid and papilionid butterflies.
    • Like many nymphalid, papilionid, and hesperiid butterflies, male H. bolina occupy and defend perching sites in forest clearings and along flight paths as a means of maximizing their encounters with receptive females.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Nymphalidae, from Latin nympha 'nymph'.

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