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- n. The branch of entomology that deals with lepidopterans.
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- n. The scientific study of the lepidoptera (butterflies and moths).
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- n. the branch of entomology dealing with Lepidoptera
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Vladimir Nabokov was totally consumed by two passions: literature and lepidoptery.
Instead of studying lepidoptery, Won Kim was forced to attend business college in Seoul.
It is also the name of one of the most eminent journals of lepidoptery.
It was perhaps partly this love of detail that led him to lepidoptery in the first place, and would eventually result in his spending six years as semiofficial curator of Lepidoptera at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, often working fourteen hours a day.
The first hardcover edition came out, what, six, seven years ago, the jacket featuring the title (The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov) in blockish paper-cut-out letters, lepidoptery-pinned to a pale blue background.
“You were in Madagascar on that lepidoptery cruise.”
Over the years, I learned about newly-researched paraphilias, issues in single-sex schools, parents of murdered children, an early warning about collisions between cultures, Nabokov's lepidoptery, Kerouac's diaries and many, many other great things that I can't recall offhand.
One of his varieties of knowledge, observable by any reader of his novels, is lepidoptery -- the science of butterflies.
United States, and his hobby led to him becoming curator of lepidoptery at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard.
The butterfly pieces flippantly liken art collecting to amateur lepidoptery.