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pyralid

[pir-uh-lid] /ˈpɪr ə lɪd/
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.
adjective
2.
belonging or pertaining to the family Pyralidae.
Origin of pyralid
1580-1590
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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pyralid

/ˈpɪrəlɪd/
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
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or belonging to the family Pyralidae
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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