One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small butterfly of a family (Lycaenidae) that includes the blues, coppers, hairstreaks, and arguses.
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Lycaenidae (plural), from the genus name Lycaena, apparently from Greek lukaina ‘she-wolf’.
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