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cabbage butterfly

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noun
  1. any white or chiefly white butterfly of the family Pieridae, as Pieris rapae, the larvae of which feed on the leaves of cabbages and other related plants.

Origin of cabbage butterfly

First recorded in 1810–20
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  • Yet how dreadfully is its foliage often ravaged in the autumn by numerous hordes of the cabbage-butterfly!

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. I (of 4)

    William Kirby

  • As he approached, a cabbage-butterfly, fluttering about the place lit on the straw hat of one of the dignitaries.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • The larvæ of the cabbage-butterfly sometimes do a great deal of harm by eating the cabbage leaves.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study

    Ontario Ministry of Education