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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An insect belonging to the large order Lepidoptera, which includes the butterflies and moths, characterized by four membranous wings covered with small scales.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any insect of the order Lepidoptera; the butterflies and moths
  • adj. Characteristic of these insects

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as lepidopterous.
  • n. Same as lepidopter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales

Etymologies

From New Latin Lepidoptera, order name : lepido- + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing, winged creature; see -pter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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