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lepidopterology

[lep-i-dop-tuh-rol-uh-jee] /ˌlɛp ɪˌdɒp təˈrɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the branch of zoology dealing with butterflies and moths.
Also, lepidoptery [lep-i-dop-tuh-ree] /ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tə ri/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; Lepidopter(a) + -o- + -logy
Related forms
lepidopterological
[lep-i-dop-ter-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌlɛp ɪˌdɒp tər əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
lepidopterist, noun
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Examples for lepidopterist
  • What is less well known is that he was also a lepidopterist who named dozens of new species and subspecies of butterflies.
  • Each lepidopterist has his or her own favorite recipe.
  • All records in the original files were checked by a qualified lepidopterist before inclusion.
British Dictionary definitions for lepidopterist

lepidopterist

/ˌlɛpɪˈdɒptərɪst/
noun
1.
a person who studies or collects moths and butterflies
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Word Origin and History for lepidopterist
lepidopterist
1828, from Lepidoptera (Linnaeus, 1735), Mod.L. name for the insect order which comprises butterflies and moths, from Gk. lepido-, comb. form of lepis (gen. lepidos) "(fish) scale" (related to lepein "to peel") + pteron "wing, feather" (see petition).
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