any of a large order (Lepidoptera) of insects, consisting of the butterflies and moths, characterized by two pairs of broad, membranous wings covered with very fine scales, often brightly colored: the larvae are caterpillars
Origin of lepidopteran; from Modern Latin Lepidoptera (see lepido- and amp; -pterous) + -an
Any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, which includes the butterflies and moths, characterized by four membranous wings covered with small scales and having larvae that are called caterpillars.
Origin of lepidopteranFrom New Latin Lepidoptera, order name : lepido– + Greek ptera, pl. of pteron, wing, winged creature; see –pter.
- lep′i·dop′ter·an, lep′i·dop′ter·ous
(comparative more lepidopteran, superlative most lepidopteran)
- Characteristic of these insects