[pahy-er-id, pahy-er-]


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


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

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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British Dictionary definitions for pieridine



of, relating to, or belonging to the Pieridae, a family of butterflies including the whites and brimstones
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