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lepidopterology

[lep-i-dop-tuh-rol-uh-jee] /ˌlɛp ɪˌdɒp təˈrɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the branch of zoology dealing with butterflies and moths.
Also, lepidoptery [lep-i-dop-tuh-ree] /ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tə ri/ (Show IPA).
Origin of lepidopterology
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900; Lepidopter(a) + -o- + -logy
Related forms
lepidopterological
[lep-i-dop-ter-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌlɛp ɪˌdɒp tər əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
lepidopterist, noun
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  • One of his varieties of knowledge, observable by any reader of his novels, is lepidoptery—the science of butterflies.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street

    Grant Martin Overton
Contemporary definitions for lepidoptery
noun

the scientific study of butterflies and moths

Word Origin

Latin Lepidoptera 'butterflies, moths'

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