Pyrausta

noun
Py·​raus·​ta | \ pə̇ˈrȯstə \

Definition of Pyrausta

: a genus (subfamily Pyraustinae of the family Pyralidae or Crambidae) of inconspicuously colored moths with larvae that feed on foliage or bore in the stems of plants — see corn borer

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History and Etymology for Pyrausta

New Latin, from Greek pyraustēs moth that gets singed in fire, from pyr- + -austēs (from auein to get a light, start a fire)

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“Pyrausta.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pyrausta. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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