Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[mawr-foh] /ˈmɔr foʊ/
noun, plural morphos.
any of various large, tropical American butterflies of the genus Morpho, having brilliant blue, iridescent wings with an underside of brown or gray and eyelike spots.
Also called morpho butterfly.


a combining form meaning “form, structure,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, especially before a vowel, morph-.
Origin of morpho-
< Greek, combining form of morphḗ Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for morpho
Historical Examples
  • The largest specimens of morpho Cisseis measure seven inches and a half in expanse.

    Oregon and Eldorado Thomas Bulfinch
  • In the broad alleys of the forest, several species of morpho were common.

    Oregon and Eldorado Thomas Bulfinch
  • Helicons came, and once a morpho, the latter a great rarity away from the interior of the woods.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
British Dictionary definitions for morpho


combining form
indicating form or structure: morphology
morpheme: morphophonemics
Word Origin
from Greek morphē form, shape
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for morpho


before vowels morph-, word-forming element meaning "form, shape," from comb. form of Greek morphe "form, shape; beauty, outward appearance" (see Morpheus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
morpho in Medicine

morpho- or morph-
Form; shape; structure: morphogenesis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for morpho

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for morpho

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for morpho