Origin of Lepidoptera
noun, plural lep·i·dop·ter·a [lep-i-dop-ter-uh] /ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tər ə/.
Origin of lepidopteron
Examples from the Web for lepidoptera
Historical Examples of lepidoptera
Lingua spiralis: the spiral tongue of Lepidoptera: see glossa.
Median shade or line: in Lepidoptera, crosses at or about middle of wings.
Lana: wool: the long hair on the abdomen of some Lepidoptera.
Palpuli: the maxillary palpi in Lepidoptera, when visibly developed.
Sagitta: arrow-like spots on the wings of Lepidoptera and other insects.
1773, "insects with four scaly wings," the biological classification that includes butterflies and moths, coined 1735 in Modern Latin by Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus (Karl von Linné, 1707-1778) from Greek lepido-, comb. form of lepis (genitive lepidos) "(fish) scale" (related to lepein "to peel;" see leper) + pteron "wing, feather" (see pterodactyl).