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a combining form meaning “scale,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
scale or scaly: lepidopterous


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    [lep-i-doh-kroh-sahyt] /ˌlɛp ɪ doʊˈkroʊ saɪt/ noun 1. a ruby-red to reddish-brown orthorhombic mineral, iron oxyhydroxide, FeO(OH), dimorphous with goethite: an ore of iron, used as a pigment.

  • Lepidoptera

    [lep-i-dop-ter-uh] /ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tər ə/ noun 1. the order comprising the insects. [lep-i-dop-ter-uh n] /ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tər ən/ noun, plural lepidoptera [lep-i-dop-ter-uh] /ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tər ə/ (Show IPA) 1. any lepidopterous insect. n. 1773, “insects with four scaly wings,” the biological classification that includes butterflies and moths, coined 1735 in Modern Latin by Swedish botanist […]

  • Lepidolite

    [li-pid-l-ahyt, lep-i-dl-] /lɪˈpɪd lˌaɪt, ˈlɛp ɪ dl-/ noun 1. a mineral of the mica group, potassium lithium aluminum silicate, commonly occurring in lilac, rose-colored, or whitish scaly masses: an ore of lithium. /lɪˈpɪdəˌlaɪt; ˈlɛpɪdəˌlaɪt/ noun 1. a lilac, pink, or greyish mica consisting of a hydrous silicate of lithium, potassium, aluminium, and fluorine, containing rubidium […]

  • Lepidopteran

    [lep-i-dop-ter-uh n] /ˌlɛp ɪˈdɒp tər ən/ adjective 1. . noun 2. a insect. /ˌlɛpɪˈdɒptərən/ noun (pl) -terans, -tera (-tərə) 1. any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, typically having two pairs of wings covered with fragile scales, mouthparts specialized as a suctorial proboscis, and caterpillars as larvae: comprises the butterflies and moths adjective 2. […]

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