Definition of metalmark in US English:



  • A butterfly with brilliant metallic markings on the wings, found chiefly in tropical America.

    Family Riodinidae: several genera

    • ‘In experiments pitting the two in a Plexiglas arena, the metalmark faced down its nemesis time after time.’
    • ‘The family of metalmark butterflies consists of little metalmarks and northern metalmarks.’
    • ‘And so, in 2001, I actually got to see my first living swamp metalmarks at Dundee Fen in Wisconsin.’
    • ‘As their name implies, Mormon metalmarks are mostly a species of the Great Basin, and do not occur across most of the Pacific Northwest.’
    • ‘Unlike the many butterfly species that have several generations a year, Lange's metalmark has only one.’