plural noun

mi·​cro·​lep·​i·​dop·​tera ˌmī-krō-ˌle-pə-ˈdäp-tə-rə How to pronounce microlepidoptera (audio)
: lepidopterous insects (such as tortricids) that belong to families of minute or medium-sized moths
microlepidopterous adjective

Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of microlepidoptera was in 1852

Dictionary Entries Near microlepidoptera

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“Microlepidoptera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microlepidoptera. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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