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lepidopterology

Definitions

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  • n. The scientific study of butterflies and moths (the Lepidoptera).
  • n. lepidoptery

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That branch of entomology which treats of the Lepidoptera, or butterflies and moths.

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

  • n. the branch of entomology dealing with Lepidoptera

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek λεπίς (lepís, "scale") + πτερόν (pterón, "wing") + -λογία (-logía, "-logy, branch of study").

Examples

  • The community college was giving an evening course in lepidopterology, and Phoebe could hardly paint fast enough to meet the demand.

    The Cat Who Sang For The Birds

  • The famed author exhibited both equally in his writing and in his non-literary pursuits, which included lepidopterology, the study of butterflies and moths.

    The New Yorker

  • It is not improbable that had there been no revolution in Russia, I would have devoted myself entirely to lepidopterology and never written any novels at all.

    The New Yorker

  • A 1988 article in the New Yorker described him as "the grandfather of American lepidopterology," or the study of butterflies, and credited him with scientifically describing or discovering "more North American butterflies than anyone had before, or has since."

    The Charleston Gazette -

  • Julian P. Donahue, the retired curator of lepidopterology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, was more about appreciating the moths, instead of eradicating them.

    WCAX - Local News

  • Once, he had wanted to write the definitive tome on the stages of a butterfly’s lifecycle—egg, larva, chrysalis, imago—in the sonorous language of lepidopterology.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

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