lepidoptera

plural noun lep·i·dop·tera \ ˌle-pə-ˈdäp-tə-rə \

Definition of lepidoptera

:insects that are lepidopterans

First Known Use of lepidoptera

circa 1773


Medical Dictionary

lepidoptera

noun plural lep·i·dop·tera \ ˌlep-ə-ˈdäp-tə-rə \

medical Definition of lepidoptera

1 capitalized :a large order of insects comprising the butterflies, moths, and skippers that as adults have four broad or lanceolate wings usually covered with overlapping and often brightly colored scales and that as larvae are caterpillars
2 :insects of the order Lepidoptera

lepidopteran

play \-rən\ noun or adjective

lepidopterous

play \-tə-rəs\ adjective

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