Definition of pyralid in English:

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pyralid

Pronunciation: /pʌɪˈralɪd/
/pʌɪˈreɪlɪd/

noun

Entomology
An insect of a family (Pyralidae) of small delicate moths with narrow forewings. The larvae of many species are pests of stored foodstuffs.
Example sentences
  • Greater wax moths are tympanate pyralid moths, with four sensory cells that have similar frequency responses with different thresholds.
  • Microlepidopteran families other than pyralids were excluded due to the inability to resolve extremely small moths on video.

Origin

Late 19th century: from modern Latin Pyralidae (plural), based on Greek puralis, denoting a mythical fly said to live in fire.

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