Definition of macrolepidoptera in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmakrōˌlepəˈdäptərə/

plural noun

The butterflies and larger moths, comprising those of interest to the general collector. Compare with microlepidoptera.
Example sentences
  • Our goal is to use the most promising candidates for resolving deep-level relationships within Noctuoidea, Bombycoidea and Macrolepidoptera generally.
  • This study suggests that macrolepidoptera may be using specific needle terpenes, or groups of terpenes, as egg-laying cues.
  • Night-active Macrolepidoptera fauna has been studied for more than 40 years.


Modern Latin (plural), from macro- 'large' + Lepidoptera.

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Syllabification: mac·ro·lep·i·dop·ter·a

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