Pyrausta

noun Py·raus·ta \pə̇ˈrȯstə\

Definition of Pyrausta

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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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