from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous small or medium-sized moths of the diverse, widely distributed family Pyralidae.
- adj. Of or belonging to the family Pyralidae.
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- n. Any moth of the family Pyralidae
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any moth of the family Pyralidæ. The species are numerous and mostly small, but some of them are very injurious, as the bee moth, meal moth, hop moth, and clover moth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling a moth of the family Pyralidæ; belonging to this family; pyralideous.
- n. A pyralid moth; any member of the Pyralidæ or Pyralidina.
- n. Also pyralidine.
- n. A European species, Erastria scitula, introduced into California, whose larva preys on the black scale, Lecanium oleæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. usually tropical slender-bodied long-legged moth whose larvae are crop pests
From New Latin Pyralidae, family name, from Pyralis, type genus, from Greek puralis, puralid-, an insect said to live in fire, from pūr, fire; see pyre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)