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lepidopterous

or lep·i·dop·ter·al

[lep-i-dop-ter-uh s]
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  1. belonging or pertaining to the Lepidoptera, 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.
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Origin of lepidopterous

First recorded in 1790–1800; Lepidopter(a) + -ous
Related formsnon·lep·i·dop·ter·al, adjectivenon·lep·i·dop·ter·ous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lepidopterous

Historical Examples

  • In the case of lepidopterous insects, and other insects having considerable expanse of wing, setting-boards are required.

    Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting

    William T. Hornaday

  • Some Lepidopterous larv even (Alucita pentadactyla, Callimorpha rosea, &c.) assume the pupa state within their last skin.

  • Lepidopterous pup, however, are not excluded from the last skin of the larv with this hard covering.

  • The claws or crotchets, though general, are not universal, in Lepidopterous larv.

  • The transformations to which Lepidopterous insects are subject are amongst the most remarkable phenomena of insect life.