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[met-l-mahrk] /ˈmɛt lˌmɑrk/
any of the small, mostly tropical butterflies of the family Riodinidae, often having metallic-colored flecks on the wings.
1905-10; metal + mark1 Unabridged
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any of a group of small, principally South American insects in the gossamer-winged butterfly family, Lycaenidae (order Lepidoptera), that are named for characteristic metallic wing markings. Metalmarks are difficult to recognize because many species mimic other lepidopterans and have evolved almost every combination of colour and wing shape

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