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cabbage butterfly

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noun

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.

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Nearby words

cabaret tax, cabaña, cabbage, cabbage aphid, cabbage bug, cabbage butterfly, cabbage lettuce, cabbage looper, cabbage moth, cabbage palm, cabbage palmetto

Origin of cabbage butterfly

First recorded in 1810–20
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cabbage butterfly

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

  • 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