One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A butterfly of a family ("Pieridae" ) which includes the whites, brimstones, and sulphurs.
- ‘Using a whole-genome microarray, we studied the expression profile of Arabidopsis thaliana leaves after oviposition by two pierid butterflies.’
- ‘However, in populations where specialist pierid butterflies are the main herbivore, genetically determined glucosinolate levels are quite low.’
- ‘They look like they are pierids, relatives of the cabbage white. I also have been seeing some Plain Tiger butterflies flying through.’
- ‘Genomic DNA for nymphalid, pierid, and papilionid species was prepared as described in Brower.’
- ‘This paper describes a case study of adaptation, constraint, and evolutionary innovation in pierid butterflies.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Pieridae (plural), from Latin pieris ‘Muse’.
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