Go to 'thermo-' entry Go to 'dino-' entry Go to 'chondro-' entry Go to 'aero-' entry Go to '-logy' entry Go to 'thaumato-' entry Go to 'nano-' entry Go to '-sophy' entry Go to 'bucco-' entry Go to '-ism' entry Go to '-lysis' entry Go to 'galacto-' entry Go to '-anthropy' entry Go to 'pneumo-' entry Go to '-ploitation' entry Go to '-lithic' entry Go to '-sepalous' entry Go to 'onco-' entry Go to '-parous' entry Go to 'dermato-' entry Go to 'multi-' entry Go to 'dodeca-' entry Go to '-zoon' entry Go to 'vermi-' entry Go to 'crystallo-' entry Go to 'biblio-' entry Go to 'eco-' entry Go to 'juxta-' entry Go to 'facio-' entry
Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

lepid(o)-

Scales.

[Gk lepis, lepid-, a scale.]

The Lepidoptera (Greek pteron, wing) are the butterflies and moths, so called because they have four scale-covered wings; hence a lepidopterist is a person who studies or collects butterflies and moths; lepidolite is a mineral of the mica group, occurring in layers; a plant that is lepidote is covered with scale-like hairs. The word leper (Greek lepra, scaly) for a person suffering from leprosy came about because of the characteristic skin lesions.

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