|—n , pl -terans, -tera|
|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|
|2.||of, relating to, or belonging to the order Lepidoptera|
|[C19: from New Latin lepidoptera, from |
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|lepidopteran (lěp'ĭ-dŏp'tər-ən) Pronunciation Key
Any of various insects of the order Lepidoptera, characterized by four large, flat, membranous wings covered with small scales. The larvae of lepidopterans are caterpillars. Lepidopterans include butterflies, moths, and skippers.