plural noun

mac·​ro·​lep·​i·​dop·​tera ˈma-krō-ˌle-pə-ˈdäp-tə-rə How to pronounce macrolepidoptera (audio)
: lepidoptera (such as butterflies, skippers, saturniids, and noctuids) that include most of the large forms and none of the minute ones

Word History


macro- + lepidoptera

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of macrolepidoptera was in 1871

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Cite this Entry

“Macrolepidoptera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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