pierid

[ pahy-er-id, pahy-er- ]
/ paɪˈɛr ɪd, ˈpaɪ ər- /

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the Pieridae, a family of butterflies comprising the whites, sulfurs, etc.

noun

Also called pi·er·i·dine [pahy-er-i-dahyn, -din]. /paɪˈɛr ɪˌdaɪn, -dɪn/. any member of the butterfly family Pieridae.

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Origin of pierid

1880–85; <New Latin Pieridae, apparently by haplology from *Pierididae, equivalent to Pierid-, stem of Pieris a genus (<Greek Pīerís, singular of Pīerídes a name for the Muses; see Pierides) + -idae-id2
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Example sentences from the Web for pierid

  • Their natural situation will be among the Pierid, with whose general habit they accord.

  • This group differs somewhat in composition from the preceding in that it contains no Pierid and no Danaid.

    Mimicry in Butterflies|Reginald Crundall Punnett