plural noun
Hes·​per·​i·​idae | \ ˌhespəˈrīəˌdē \

Definition of Hesperiidae

: a large family of skipper butterflies (superfamily Hesperioidea) comprising the typical skippers — see hesperia — compare megathymidae

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for Hesperiidae

New Latin, from Hesperia, type genus + -idae

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Hesperiidae

Statistics for Hesperiidae

Cite this Entry

“Hesperiidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hesperiidae. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

Comments on Hesperiidae

What made you want to look up Hesperiidae? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!