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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
1580-1590
1580-90; < Neo-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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Examples from the web for pyralid
  • Low temperature storage will be developed as a method to control the egg stage of pyralid moths in stored products.
  • Several insects have been evaluated, including a number of pyralid moths and several stem-boring weevils.
  • These results identify this strain as a possible biological control agent of pyralid stalk-borers of sugarcane.
  • Capture of noctuid and pyralid moths using feeding attractant lures.
British Dictionary definitions for pyralid

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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