cabbage butterfly


cabbage butterfly
noun
white butterfly whose larvae (cabbageworms) feed on cabbage
Hypernyms: ↑pierid, ↑pierid butterfly
Member Holonyms: ↑Pieridae, ↑family Pieridae

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noun
: any of several largely white butterflies (family Pieridae) the green larvae of which are cabbageworms: as
a. : a small cosmopolitan form (Pieris rapae) — called also small white
b. : a larger Old World form (P. brassicae) — called also large white
c. : a common No. American form (P. protodice) — called also southern cabbage butterfly

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any white or chiefly white butterfly of the family Pieridae, as Pieris rapae, the larvae of which feed on the leaves of cabbages and other related plants.
[1810-20]

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cabbage butterfly,
a kind of white butterfly whose larvae often damage cabbages.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • cabbage butterfly — cab bage butterfly (Zo[ o]l.), a white butterfly ({Pieris rap[ae]} of both Europe and America, and the allied {Pieris oleracea}, a native American species) which, in the larval state, devours the leaves of the cabbage and the turnip. See also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cabbage butterfly — n. a common white butterfly (Pieris rapae) whose green larvae feed upon cabbage and related plants …   English World dictionary

  • cabbage-butterfly — cabbage buttˈerfly or cabbage whiteˈ noun A large white butterfly (genus Pieris) whose larvae feed on the leaves of cabbage and similar plants • • • Main Entry: ↑cabbage …   Useful english dictionary

  • cabbage butterfly — /kæbɪdʒ ˈbʌtəflaɪ/ (say kabij butuhfluy) noun a large European white butterfly, Pieris rapae, introduced into Australia, the larvae of which feed on cabbage and related plants. Also, cabbage white butterfly …   Australian English dictionary

  • cabbage butterfly — noun Date: 1816 any of several largely white butterflies (family Pieridae) whose green larvae are cabbage worms; especially a small cosmopolitan butterfly (Pieris rapae syn. Artogeia rapae) that is a pest on cabbage called also cabbage white …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cabbage butterfly — any white or chiefly white butterfly of the family Pieridae, as Pieris rapae, the larvae of which feed on the leaves of cabbages and other related plants. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • cabbage butterfly — type of white butterfly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cabbage butterfly — cab′bage but terfly n. ent any white or chiefly white butterfly of the family Pieridae, as Pieris rapae, the larvae of which feed on the leaves of cabbages and related plants • Etymology: 1810–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • southern cabbage butterfly — noun common North American form of cabbage butterfly • Syn: ↑Pieris protodice • Hypernyms: ↑cabbage butterfly * * * noun : cabbage butterfly c …   Useful english dictionary

  • cabbage worm — cab bage worm , cabbageworm cab bage*worm . (Zo[ o]l.), the larva of several species of moths and butterflies, which attacks cabbages. The most common is the toxic green larva of a white butterfly, the {cabbage butterfly}, ({Pieris rap[ae]}). The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English