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pierid

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Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪərɪd
 
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Definition of pierid in English:

noun

Entomology
A butterfly of a family (Pieridae) which includes the whites, brimstones, and sulphurs.
Example sentences
  • Genomic DNA for nymphalid, pierid, and papilionid species was prepared as described in Brower.
  • They look like they are pierids, relatives of the cabbage white. I also have been seeing some Plain Tiger butterflies flying through.
  • However, in populations where specialist pierid butterflies are the main herbivore, genetically determined glucosinolate levels are quite low.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Pieridae (plural), from Latin pieris 'Muse'.

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