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pierid

[pahy-er-id, pahy-er-] /paɪˈɛr ɪd, ˈpaɪ ər-/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the Pieridae, a family of butterflies comprising the whites, sulfurs, etc.
noun
2.
Also called pieridine
[pahy-er-i-dahyn, -din] /paɪˈɛr ɪˌdaɪn, -dɪn/ (Show IPA)
. any member of the butterfly family Pieridae.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Neo-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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  • Coexistence and local extinction in two pierid butterflies.
  • The males of many pierid butterflies have iridescent wings, which presumably function in intraspecific communication.

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