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lepidopterous

or lep·i·dop·ter·al

[ lep-i-dop-ter-uh s ]
/ ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tər əs /
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adjective

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.

Nearby words

lepidoptera, lepidopteran, lepidopterist, lepidopterology, lepidopteron, lepidopterous, lepidosiren, lepidote, lepidus, lepontine alps, leporid

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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