Definition of nymphalid
- an insect of a large family of strikingly marked butterflies which have small forelegs that are not used for walking, including many familiar butterflies of temperate regions. Compare with vanessid.
- Family Nymphalidae (sometimes restricted to those that are now usually placed in the subfamily Nymphalinae)
late 19th century: from modern Latin Nymphalidae, from Latin nympha 'nymph'