March 25, 2009

Word of the Week

lep⋅i⋅dop⋅ter⋅ol⋅o⋅gy [lep-i-dop-tuh-rol-uh-jee]

the branch of zoology dealing with butterflies and moths.

Also, lep⋅i⋅dop⋅ter⋅y [lep-i--dop-tuh-ree]

1895–1900; Lepidopter(a) + -o- + -logy

Related forms:
lep⋅i⋅dop⋅ter⋅o⋅log⋅i⋅cal  [lep-i-dop-ter-uh-loj-i-kuhl], adjective
lep⋅i⋅dop⋅ter⋅ist, noun

lepidopterology. Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc.

Among many other things, Vladimir Nabakov, my favorite author, was a lepidopterist.

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