Definition of pyralid in English:

pyralid

noun

Biology
  • An insect of a family ("Pyralidae") of small delicate moths with narrow forewings. The larvae of many species are pests of stored foodstuffs.

    • ‘Microlepidopteran families other than pyralids were excluded due to the inability to resolve extremely small moths on video.’
    • ‘Greater wax moths are tympanate pyralid moths, with four sensory cells that have similar frequency responses with different thresholds.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from modern Latin Pyralidae (plural), based on Greek puralis, denoting a mythical fly said to live in fire.

Pronunciation:

pyralid

/ˈpīrəˌlid/