pyralid
noun Etymology: ultimately from Latin pyralis, fly fabled as living in fire, from Greek, from pyr fire Date: 1870 any of a very large heterogeneous family (Pyralidae) of mostly small slender long-legged moths • pyralid adjective

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  • Pyralid — Pyr a*lid, n. [L. pyralis, idis, a kind of winged insect.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any moth of the family {Pyralid[ae]}. The species are numerous and mostly small, but some of them are very injurious, as the bee moth, meal moth, hop moth, and clover moth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pyralid — [pir′ə lid] n. [< ModL Pyralidae < L pyralis (gen. pyralidis), kind of flying insect < Gr < pyr, FIRE: once thought to live in fire] any of a large family (Pyralidae) of small moths with narrow, triangular forewings, broader hind… …   English World dictionary

  • pyralid — noun usually tropical slender bodied long legged moth whose larvae are crop pests • Syn: ↑pyralid moth • Hypernyms: ↑moth • Hyponyms: ↑bee moth, ↑wax moth, ↑Galleria mellonella, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   Universalium

  • pyralid — pyr•a•lid [[t]ˈpɪr ə lɪd[/t]] n. 1) ent any of numerous slender bodied moths of the family Pyralidae, with elongated triangular forewings 2) ent belonging or pertaining to the family Pyralidae • Etymology: 1580–90; < NL Pyralidae=Pyral(is)… …   From formal English to slang

  • pyralid — /ˈpɪrəlɪd/ (say piruhlid) noun 1. any of numerous slender bodied, long legged moths of the family Pyralidae. –adjective 2. of, relating to, or belonging to the family Pyralidae …   Australian English dictionary

  • pyralid moth — noun usually tropical slender bodied long legged moth whose larvae are crop pests • Syn: ↑pyralid • Hypernyms: ↑moth • Hyponyms: ↑bee moth, ↑wax moth, ↑Galleria mellonella, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • pyralid moth — ▪ insect       any of a group of moths in the order Lepidoptera, most members of which have long, narrow forewings, broader hindwings, and a wingspan of 18 to 35 mm (0.75 to 1.5 inches), although a few reach to 75 mm (3 inches). Coloration is… …   Universalium

  • Aprostocetus — Taxobox name = Aprostocetus regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hymenoptera subordo = Apocrita superfamilia = Chalcidoidea familia = Eulophidae genus = Aprostocetus genus authority = Westwood, 1833 subdivision ranks =… …   Wikipedia

  • lepidopteran — /lep i dop teuhr euhn/, adj. 1. lepidopterous. n. 2. a lepidopterous insect. [1850 55; LEPIDOPTER(A) + AN] * * * Any of the more than 100,000 species constituting the order Lepidoptera (Greek: scaly wing ): butterflies, moths, and skippers. The… …   Universalium

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