[ lep-i-dop-tuh-rol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌlɛp ɪˌdɒp təˈrɒl ə dʒi /


the branch of zoology dealing with butterflies and moths.
Also lep·i·dop·ter·y [lep-i-dop-tuh-ree] /ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tə ri/.

Origin of lepidopterology

First recorded in 1895–1900; Lepidopter(a) + -o- + -logy

Related forms

lep·i·dop·ter·o·log·i·cal [lep-i-dop-ter-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌlɛp ɪˌdɒp tər əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivelep·i·dop·ter·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for lepidopterist

  • Washington DC's mysterious tunnel builder:  lepidopterist, bigamist, recreational tunnel builder.

    Your Daily Brain Candy|Megan McArdle|October 31, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • The forest is obviously a happy hunting ground for the lepidopterist and botanist.

  • First, as to the flat and high setting as practised by almost every lepidopterist abroad and by some in our own country.

  • "Adele is not a Lepidopterist, so I did not serve butterflies," laughed Bee.

    Bee and Butterfly|Lucy Foster Madison

British Dictionary definitions for lepidopterist


/ (ˌlɛpɪˈdɒptərɪst) /


a person who studies or collects moths and butterflies
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