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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 ?
At least 8 species of pyralids in the genera Cactoblastis, Sigelgaita, Tucumania, Salambona, and Ozamia were found attacking 17 species of Cactaceae in the genera Opuntia, Trichocereus, Cleistocactus, Monvillea, and Harrisia at 133 sites in Argentina (Table 1).
The aminopyralid herbicide known as Milestone, plus other related herbicides collectively known as pyralids (sold under the brands Confront, Curtail, Forefront, Hornet, Lontrel, Millenium Ultra, Reclaim, Stinger and Transline), are still surfacing unexpectedly in gardens throughout the United States, with devastating results.
North America has 10 species of native Opuntia feeding pyralids represented by 2 genera (Melitara and Ozamia) (Neunrig 1997).