• synonyms

cabbage white

  1. any large white butterfly of the genus Pieris, esp the Eurasian species P. brassicae, the larvae of which feed on the leaves of cabbages and related vegetables: family Pieridae
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Historical Examples

  • We have communicated to America the house-fly and the Hessian fly, the "cabbage-white," the small pox, and the cholera.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 303


  • Occasionally a tortoise-shell or cabbage-white butterfly would flutter by.


    Sir Francis Edward Younghusband