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py·ral·id

 (pī-răl′ĭd, pĭr′ə-lĭd) also py·ral·i·did (pī-răl′ĭ-dĭd)
n.
Any of numerous usually small long-legged moths of the family Pyralidae, some of which have larvae that damage crops or stored food.
adj.
Of or belonging to the family Pyralidae.

[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.]

pyralid

(ˈpɪrəlɪd)
n
(Animals) any moth of the mostly tropical family Pyralidae, typically having narrow forewings and broad fringed hind wings: includes the bee moths and the corn borer
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the family Pyralidae
[C19: via New Latin from Greek puralis: a mythical winged insect believed to live in fire, from pur fire]

pyr•a•lid

(ˈpɪr ə lɪd)

n.
1. any of numerous slender-bodied moths of the family Pyralidae, with elongated triangular forewings.
adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Pyralidae.
[1580–90; < New Latin Pyralidae=Pyral(is) type genus (Latin pyrallis an insect thought to live in fire < Greek pyralís; akin to pŷr fire) + -idae -id2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pyralid - usually tropical slender-bodied long-legged moth whose larvae are crop pests
moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
family Pyralidae, family Pyralididae, Pyralidae, Pyralididae - bee moths; corn borers; flour moths
bee moth, Galleria mellonella, wax moth - moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs
corn borer moth, European corn borer moth, Pyrausta nubilalis, corn borer - native to Europe; in America the larvae bore into the stem and crown of corn and other plants
Anagasta kuehniella, Mediterranean flour moth - small moth whose larvae damage stored grain and flour
cacao moth, Ephestia elutella, tobacco moth - small moth whose larvae feed on tobacco and other dried plant products
almond moth, Cadra cautella, fig moth - a moth whose larvae feed on and mat together with webbing various stored products of vegetable origin
Cadra figulilella, raisin moth - moth whose larvae attack dried fruits and cereal products
References in periodicals archive ?
Sex pheromones of Lepidoptera have been identified from nearly 630 species (Ando 2012); of these, close to 200 are from moths in the superfamily Pyraloidea (El-sayed 2012); Lepidopteran sex pheromones usually are straight-chain compounds.
The chapter is divided into several sections, each representing a separate superfamily, outlining the role of model organisms in these superfamilies (Bombycoidea, Hesperoidea + Papilionoidea, Noctuoidea, Pyraloidea, and Tortricoidea).