One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Pyralidae (plural), based on Greek puralis, denoting a mythical fly said to live in fire.
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