Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Ericaceae — a genus of shrubs, andromedas or fetterbushes.
  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Pieridae — a genus of butterflies, the whites.

Etymologies

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From Classical Latin Pieris, from Ancient Greek Πιερίς (Pieris, "a Muse"), first worshiped in Πιερία (Pieria, "Pieria")

Examples

  • Rhododendron arboreum, R. triflorum, and yew Taxus baccata wallichiana are associated with pine at lower altitudes and shrubs include Pieris formosa, Cotoneaster microphyllus and R. lepidotum.

    Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

  • But even greater diversification is possible by using other members of the heath family such as Japanese andromeda (Pieris japonica), usually called 'pieris, and mountin laurel (Kalmia).

    RHODODENDRON COMPANIONS FOR SPRING

  • The most common tree associates of P. kesiya are Keteleeria evelyniana, Pieris ovalifolia, Schima wallichii, and Tristania merguensis.

    Northern Annamites rain forests

  • These are the wings of a male cabbage white Pieris rapae that I found in the woods today.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • I also caught a new butterfly of the genus Pieris, and a magnificent female specimen of Papilio gambrisius, of which I had hitherto only found the males, which are smaller and very different in colour.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Among my insects the best were the rare Pieris arum, of a rich chrome yellow colour, with a black border and remarkable white antenna — perhaps the very finest butterfly of the genus; and a large black wasp-like insect, with immense jaws like a stag-beetle, which has been named

    The Malay Archipelago

  • In E.gland, L.N.E. Ruscoe, at that time an employee of the ICI Company, tested azadirachtin on insect pests such as cabbage white butterfly (Pieris brassicae) and cotton stainer bug (Dysdercus fasciatus) and noted IGR effects in each case.

    4 What's in a Neem

  • You ask what I think about the gay-coloured females of Pieris: [70] I believe I quite follow you in believing that the colours are wholly due to mimicry; and I further believe that the male is not brilliant from not having received through inheritance colour from the female, and from not himself having varied; in short, that he has not been influenced by

    Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1

  • No single case is known of a male Papilio, Pieris, Diadema (or any other insect?) _alone_ mimicking a Danais, etc.

    Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1

  • In the much more powerful Papilio, Pieris, and Diadema it is generally the _female only_ that mimics Danaida.

    Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1

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