hairstreak
noun Date: 1815 any of a subfamily (Theclinae of the family Lycaenidae) of small butterflies usually having striped markings on the underside of the wings and thin filamentous projections from the hind wings

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  • Hairstreak — Hair streak ( str[=e]k ), n. A butterfly of the genus {Thecla}; as, the green hairstreak ({Thecla rubi}). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hairstreak — [her′strēk΄] n. any of a number of small, usually dark colored butterflies (family Lycaenidae) with each hind wing commonly having narrow taillike projections …   English World dictionary

  • hairstreak — /hair streek /, n. any small, dark butterfly of the family Lycaenidae, having hairlike tails on the hind wings. [1810 20; HAIR + STREAK] * * * Any butterfly in the subfamily Theclinae (family Lycaenidae), sometimes known as gossamer winged… …   Universalium

  • hairstreak — Thecla Thec la, n. Any one of many species of small delicately colored butterflies belonging to {Thecla} and allied genera; called also {hairstreak}, and {elfin}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hairstreak — noun a butterfly with a narrow streak or row of dots on the underside of the hindwing. [Callophrys rubi (green hairstreak) and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • hairstreak — noun Any of many butterflies, of the subfamily Theclinae, that have hairlike projections on the back wings …   Wiktionary

  • hairstreak — n. type of small dark butterfly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hairstreak — hair•streak [[t]ˈhɛərˌstrik[/t]] n. ent any small, dark butterfly of the family Lycaenidae, having hairlike tails on the hind wings • Etymology: 1810–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • hairstreak — /ˈhɛəstrik/ (say hairstreek) noun any of certain small dark butterflies of the family Lycaenidae, distinguished by one or two thin tails on each of the hind wings …   Australian English dictionary

  • hairstreak — n. a butterfly of the genus Strymonidia etc. with fine streaks or rows of spots on its wings …   Useful english dictionary

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