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pyralid

[ pir-uh-lid ]
/ ˈpɪr ə lɪd /
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noun
any of numerous slender-bodied moths of the family Pyralidae, having elongated triangular forewings, and in the larval phase including many crop pests.
adjective
belonging or pertaining to the family Pyralidae.
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Origin of pyralid

1580–90; <New Latin Pyralidae, equivalent to Pyral(is) type genus (<Latin pyralis<Greek pyralís an insect thought to live in fire; akin to pŷrfire) + -idae-id2
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British Dictionary definitions for pyralid

pyralid
/ (ˈpɪrəlɪd) /

noun
any moth of the mostly tropical family Pyralidae, typically having narrow forewings and broad fringed hind wings: includes the bee moths and the corn borer
adjective
of, relating to, or belonging to the family Pyralidae

Word Origin for pyralid

C19: via New Latin from Greek puralis: a mythical winged insect believed to live in fire, from pur fire
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