lepidopteran lepidopteran n. An insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales; a lepidopterous insect.

Syn: lepidopterous insect, lepidopteron. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • lepidopteran — a. Same as {lepidopterous}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lepidopteran — [lep΄ə däp′tər ən] n. [< ModL Lepidoptera (see LEPIDO & PTEROUS) + AN] any of a large order (Lepidoptera) of insects, consisting of the butterflies and moths, characterized by two pairs of broad, membranous wings covered with very fine scales …   English World dictionary

  • lepidopteran — /lep i dop teuhr euhn/, adj. 1. lepidopterous. n. 2. a lepidopterous insect. [1850 55; LEPIDOPTER(A) + AN] * * * Any of the more than 100,000 species constituting the order Lepidoptera (Greek: scaly wing ): butterflies, moths, and skippers. The… …   Universalium

  • lepidopteran — noun Etymology: New Latin Lepidoptera, from lepid + Greek pteron wing more at feather Date: circa 1901 any of a large order (Lepidoptera) of insects comprising the butterflies, moths, and skippers that as adults have four broad or lanceolate… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lepidopteran — Lepidoptera ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ an order of insects comprising the butterflies and moths. DERIVATIVES lepidopteran adjective & noun lepidopterist noun lepidopterous adjective. ORIGIN from Greek lepis scale + pteron wing …   English terms dictionary

  • lepidopteran — 1. noun Any insect of the order Lepidoptera; the butterflies and moths 2. adjective Characteristic of these insects …   Wiktionary

  • lepidopteran — adj. lepidopterous, of or pertaining to the order of insects which includes butterflies and moths (Zoology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lepidopteran — lep·i·dop·te·ran …   English syllables

  • lepidopteran — lep•i•dop•ter•an [[t]ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tər ən[/t]] adj. 1) ent lepidopterous 2) ent a lepidopterous insect • Etymology: 1850–55; NL Lepidoptera=lepido + Gk pterón feather …   From formal English to slang

  • lepidopteran — noun insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales • Syn: ↑lepidopterous insect, ↑lepidopteron • Hypernyms: ↑insect • Hyponyms: ↑butterfly, ↑moth …   Useful english dictionary

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