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any plant of a genus, Pieris, of American and Asiatic shrubs, esp P. formosa forrestii, grown for the bright red colour of its young foliage: family Ericaceae
Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek Pierides, a name for the Muses
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  • You ask what I think about the gay-coloured females of pieris.

  • Among these was a new species, which I have named pieris tamar.

    The Malay Archipelago Alfred Russell Wallace
  • A second brood of Colias Philodice, the common sulphur-yellow butterfly, appears, and pieris oleracea visits turnip-patches.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • The pieris, on its part, takes good care not to touch the tithymals: they would endanger its life.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • The man who was the first to see his cabbage-plot devastated by caterpillars made the acquaintance of the pieris.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • The pieris cratgi fixes itself at sunset on flowers, where it is easily taken by the hand.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The species of Terias, one or two pieris, and the genus Callidryas do not exhibit any perceptible change of form.

  • Many caterpillars of pieris rapæ have, during this autumn, fed below my windows.

    Animal Intelligence George J. Romanes
  • Similar results have been obtained with the seasonally dimorphic pieris napi.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • Precisely the same thing occurs in pieris Napi, in which also the var.

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