plural noun
Pi·​er·​i·​dae | \ pīˈerəˌdē \

Definition of Pieridae

: a very large and almost cosmopolitan family of butterflies formerly regarded as a subfamily of Papilionidae that comprises the cabbage butterflies, sulphur butterflies, and others having three pairs of well-developed legs in both sexes and being usually of medium size and white or yellow color with dark markings especially on the edges of the wings

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History and Etymology for Pieridae

New Latin, from Pieris, type genus + -idae

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“Pieridae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pieridae. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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