pierid

[pahy-er-id, pahy-er-]
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] . any member of the butterfly family Pieridae.

Origin:
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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Example sentences
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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