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[pahy-er-id, pahy-er-]
  1. belonging or pertaining to the Pieridae, a family of butterflies comprising the whites, sulfurs, etc.
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  1. 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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Examples from the Web for pierid

Historical Examples

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

    Zoological Illustrations, Volume I

    William Swainson

  • The family of Pierid, or whites, again afford us admirable examples of the development of spots.

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

    Mimicry in Butterflies

    Reginald Crundall Punnett