lep·​i·​dop·​ter·​ist | \ ˌle-pə-ˈdäp-tə-rist How to pronounce lepidopterist (audio) \

Definition of lepidopterist

: a specialist in lepidopterology

Examples of lepidopterist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jason Dombroskie, a lepidopterist at Cornell University, tells the New York Times. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 Madeline Champagne, an amateur lepidopterist — someone who studies moths and butterflies — said monarchs have a short life cycle, going from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly in about four weeks. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2021 In his music and presentation of himself, Dylan has always been mercurial, recalcitrant, unknowable: a wiggly mess of creative impulses that Heylin hopes to pin down, playing the Dylanologist as lepidopterist. John Semley, The New Republic, 26 May 2021 That failure came back to haunt lepidopterists, one of whom discovered a nearly identical butterfly in the early 1980s. Stephenie Livingston, Science | AAAS, 9 Sep. 2019 To illustrate Dundy’s story, Wolfe was photographed by Irving Penn, who captured the writer’s ineffable style with his lepidopterist’s eye. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 15 May 2018 Sarah Garrett, a lepidopterist at the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado, said people from as far away as the Dakotas have called to report seeing the butterflies, whose population typically surges with plentiful flowers. Bloomberg.com, 4 Oct. 2017 Hammer suspected the swallowtail was from the West Indies, dug out a rare, out-of-print book by an Oxford lepidopterist and quickly matched it to an image of a Poey. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 22 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of lepidopterist

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Lepidopterist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lepidopterist. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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