- the order comprising the lepidopterous insects.
Origin of Lepidoptera
- any lepidopterous insect.
Origin of lepidopteron
Examples from the Web for lepidoptera
Median shade or line: in Lepidoptera, crosses at or about middle of wings.
Lingua spiralis: the spiral tongue of Lepidoptera: see glossa.
Palpuli: the maxillary palpi in Lepidoptera, when visibly developed.
Lana: wool: the long hair on the abdomen of some Lepidoptera.
Sagitta: arrow-like spots on the wings of Lepidoptera and other insects.
Word Origin and History for lepidoptera
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).