from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the wings covered with small scalelike structures, as the Lepidoptera; scaly-winged.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the wings covered with minute scales; lepidopterous, as a moth or butterfly: specifically noting the Lepidoptera. Also scaly-winged. See cuts under Lepidoptera, and scale, n., 4 .
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Lepidoptera: scale-winged: an order of insects with spirally coiled haustellate mouth structures; head free; thorax agglutinate; transformations complete four scale-covered wings.