Definition of Lepidoptera in English:


Syllabification: Lep·i·dop·ter·a
Pronunciation: /ˌlepəˈdäptərə
  • 1An order of insects that comprises the butterflies and moths. They have four large scale-covered wings that bear distinctive markings, and larvae that are caterpillars.
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    • Butterflies and moths make up the biological order Lepidoptera.
    • The insect order Lepidoptera, with as many as 100,000 species, is second only to the Coleoptera, the beetles.
    • Both of these insects reside in the order Lepidoptera.
  • 1.1 (lepidoptera) [as plural noun] Insects of the order Lepidoptera.
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    • Spying it on a map, I imagined meadows full of pretty winged lepidoptera.
    • Defoliation by lepidoptera can induce cyanogenesis in some plants resulting in cyanide levels high enough to kill cattle.
    • Small flowers and red petals suggest pollination by small diptera or lepidoptera, but the flowers do not appear to produce nectar.



adjective & noun
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  • It in fact is toxic to only a particular group of lepidopteran insects and particularly cotton bollworms.
  • These include various lepidopterans and the African grasshopper, which adopt aposematic coloring as a warning.
  • Big-eyed bugs are omnivorous, generalist predators and their diverse range of prey species includes aphids and lepidopteran eggs.


Pronunciation: /-tərəs/
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  • Late instar lepidopterous larvae often have limited mobility and perception.


modern Latin (plural), from Greek lepis, lepid- 'scale' + pteron 'wing'.

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