pyralid


pyralid
/pir"euh lid/, n.
1. any of numerous slender-bodied moths of the family Pyralidae, having elongated triangular forewings, and in the larval phase including many crop pests.
adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Pyralidae.
[1580-90; < NL Pyralidae, equiv. to Pyral(is) type genus ( < L pyralis < Gk pyralís an insect thought to live in fire; akin to pyr FIRE) + -idae -ID2]

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