Definition of pierine in English:

pierine

adjective

Entomology
  • Of or relating to the butterfly subfamily Pierinae, which was originally a subfamily of Papilionidae comprising all the pierids, and is now a subfamily of Pieridae comprising the whites and (in some schemes) the orange tips.

noun

Entomology
  • A butterfly of the subfamily Pierinae.

Origin

Late 19th century. From scientific Latin Pierinae, subfamily name from Pieris, genus name + -inae.

Pronunciation

pierine

/ˈpʌɪəriːn//ˈpʌɪərʌɪn/