Definition of pierid in English:

pierid

noun

Entomology
  • A butterfly of a family (Pieridae ) which includes the whites, brimstones, and sulphurs.

    • ‘This paper describes a case study of adaptation, constraint, and evolutionary innovation in pierid butterflies.’
    • ‘However, in populations where specialist pierid butterflies are the main herbivore, genetically determined glucosinolate levels are quite low.’
    • ‘Genomic DNA for nymphalid, pierid, and papilionid species was prepared as described in Brower.’
    • ‘Using a whole-genome microarray, we studied the expression profile of Arabidopsis thaliana leaves after oviposition by two pierid butterflies.’
    • ‘They look like they are pierids, relatives of the cabbage white. I also have been seeing some Plain Tiger butterflies flying through.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from modern Latin Pieridae (plural), from Latin pieris ‘Muse’.

Pronunciation

pierid

/ˈpʌɪərɪd/