cabbage butterfly

noun

Definition of cabbage butterfly

: any of several largely white butterflies (family Pieridae) whose green larvae are cabbage worms especially : a small cosmopolitan butterfly (Pieris rapae synonym Artogeia rapae) that is a pest on cabbage

called also cabbage white

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cabbage butterfly: 1 larva, 2 adult

Examples of cabbage butterfly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spearmint and peppermint are useful in attracting bees and repelling black flea beetles, ants, mosquitoes, white cabbage butterflies, aphids, and cabbage maggots. OregonLive.com, "In vegetable gardens, good-neighbor planting makes all the difference," 29 Mar. 2018 Pieris Project asks citizen scientists to record information about Pieris rapae, or the white cabbage butterfly. National Geographic, "10 Easy Ways You Can Help Scientists Study the Earth," 22 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of cabbage butterfly

1781, in the meaning defined above

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“Cabbage butterfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cabbage%20butterfly. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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