a combining form meaning “scale,” used in the formation of compound words: lepidopteron.

Origin of lepido-

< Greek, combining form representing lepís (stem lepid-) scale. See leper
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British Dictionary definitions for lepido-


before a vowel lepid-

combining form

scale or scalylepidopterous

Word Origin for lepido-

from Greek lepis scale; see leper
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