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Related to lepidopteran: order Lepidoptera
Any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, which includes the butterflies and moths, characterized by four membranous wings covered with small scales and having larvae that are called caterpillars.
[From New Latin Lepidoptera, order name : lepido- + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing, winged creature; see -pter.]
lep′i·dop′ter·an, lep′i·dop′ter·ous adj.
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n, pl -terans or -tera (-tərə)
(Animals) also: lepidopteron 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
(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the order Lepidoptera
[C19: from New Latin lepidoptera, from lepido- + Greek pteron wing]
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lep•i•dop•ter•an(ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tər ən)
2. a lepidopterous insect.
[1850–55; New Latin Lepidoptera=lepido- + Greek pterón feather]
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|Noun||1.||lepidopteran - insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales|
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
butterfly - diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings
moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
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