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pyralid

[pir-uh-lid]
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noun
  1. any of numerous slender-bodied moths of the family Pyralidae, having elongated triangular forewings, and in the larval phase including many crop pests.
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adjective
  1. 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 pŷr fire) + -idae -id2
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British Dictionary definitions for pyralid

pyralid

noun
  1. 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
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the family Pyralidae
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Word Origin

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