cabbage butterfly


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cabbage butterfly

cab′bage but`terfly


n.
any white or chiefly white butterfly of the family Pieridae, as Pieris rapae, the larvae of which feed on the leaves of cabbages and related plants.
[1810–20]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cabbage butterfly - white butterfly whose larvae (cabbageworms) feed on cabbagecabbage butterfly - white butterfly whose larvae (cabbageworms) feed on cabbage
family Pieridae, Pieridae - arthropod family including cabbage butterflies; sulphur butterflies
pierid, pierid butterfly - any of numerous pale-colored butterflies having three pairs of well-developed legs
small white, Pieris rapae - small widely distributed form
large white, Pieris brassicae - Old World form of cabbage butterfly
Pieris protodice, southern cabbage butterfly - common North American form of cabbage butterfly
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