Definition of macrolepidoptera in English:

macrolepidoptera

plural noun

Biology
  • The families of butterflies and moths whose members are large enough to be of interest to the general collector.

    • ‘Our goal is to use the most promising candidates for resolving deep-level relationships within Noctuoidea, Bombycoidea and Macrolepidoptera generally.’
    • ‘This study suggests that macrolepidoptera may be using specific needle terpenes, or groups of terpenes, as egg-laying cues.’
    • ‘Night-active Macrolepidoptera fauna has been studied for more than 40 years.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from macro- + Lepidoptera.

Pronunciation:

macrolepidoptera

/ˌmakrəʊlɛpɪˈdɒpt(ə)rə/