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- proper n. A taxonomic order within the superorder Panorpida — the butterflies, moths and skippers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. An order of insects, which includes the butterflies and moths. They have broad wings, covered with minute overlapping scales, usually brightly colored.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An order of hexapod insects, or true Insecta, with suctorial mouth-parts in the form of a spiral antlia, four similar membranous wings completely covered with scales, a fused prothorax, and perfect metamorphosis.
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- n. moths and butterflies
From Ancient Greek λεπίς (lepís, "scale") + πτερόν (pterón, "wing"). (Wiktionary)