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lepidopteron

[lep-i-dop-ter-uh n] /ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tər ən/
noun, plural lepidoptera
[lep-i-dop-ter-uh] /ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tər ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
any lepidopterous insect.
Origin
< New Latin, equivalent to lepido- lepido- + Greek -pteron, neuter of -pteros -pterous
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lepidopteran

/ˌlɛpɪˈdɒptərən/
noun (pl) -terans, -tera (-tərə)
1.
any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, typically having two pairs of wings covered with fragile scales, mouthparts specialized as a suctorial proboscis, and caterpillars as larvae: comprises the butterflies and moths
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the order Lepidoptera
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin lepidoptera, from lepido- + Greek pteron wing
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