Origin of lepido-
Words nearby lepido-
WORDS THAT USE LEPIDO-
What does lepido- mean?
Lepido- comes from the Greek lepís, meaning “scale.” The disease leprosy, which can cause skin to appear scaly, ultimately comes from this same Greek word. Find out more in our About This Word article on leprosy.
Examples of lepido-
One example of a scientific term that features the combining form lepido- is lepidopterous, “belonging or pertaining to the Lepidoptera.” Lepidoptera is an order of insects comprising the butterflies, moths, and skippers, that in the adult state have four membranous wings more or less covered with small scales.”
Lepido- means “scale,” as we now know. So, what about the -pterous portion of the word? It means “having wings,” from the Greek pterón. Lepidopterous literally translates to “having scaly wings.”
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