Definition of cabbage white in English:

cabbage white

noun

  • A mainly white butterfly that has caterpillars that are pests of cabbages and related plants.

    • ‘Swallowtails, cabbage whites, skippers, and orange sulphurs follow scent trails to the tiny patches of flowers blooming furiously in the middle of the city.’
    • ‘Kales need little attention apart from controlling aphids and cabbage white butterfly and will grow well in most garden soils.’
    • ‘Keep cabbages, Brussels sprouts and cauliflowers covered with horticultural fleece or a fine netting to prevent cabbage white butterflies from laying eggs.’
    • ‘The cabbage white butterfly was introduced from Europe.’
    • ‘If I have an infestation of slugs or snails or cabbage white butterflies then I will get rid of them in whatever way I choose.’
    • ‘Although the caterpillars of some butterflies, like the cabbage white, are considered vegetable garden pests, you should never use pesticides - even biological ones - in a butterfly garden or you'll destroy your intended guests.’
    • ‘For example, many homeowners had gardens, which contained cabbage, broccoli, and other crops as host plants for cabbage white caterpillars.’
    • ‘Tell me, can the cabbage white butterfly really count?’
    • ‘Eleven inches above his head a small white cabbage butterfly hung, caught in a beam of sunlight.’
    • ‘The cabbage white and its caterpillars are doing fine and aphids like greenfly are likely to benefit from warming.’

Pronunciation:

cabbage white

/ˈkabij ˌ(h)wīt/