Definition of lepidopteran
: any of a large order (Lepidoptera) of insects comprising the butterflies, moths, and skippers that as adults have four broad or lanceolate wings usually covered with minute overlapping and often brightly colored scales and that as larvae are caterpillars
lepidopterousplay \ˌle-pə-ˈdäp-tə-rəs\ adjective
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Mothra Mothra‘s enormous lepidopteran, unveiled onscreen in 1961, combines traits of both butterflies and moths.
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Origin and Etymology of lepidopteran
New Latin Lepidoptera, from lepid- + Greek pteron wing — more at feather
First Known Use: circa 1901
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