cabbage butterfly

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. 2014.

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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 — noun white butterfly whose larvae (cabbageworms) feed on cabbage • Hypernyms: ↑pierid, ↑pierid butterfly • Hyponyms: ↑small white, ↑Pieris rapae, ↑large white, ↑Pieris brassicae, ↑southern ca …   Useful english 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 …  

  • 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

  • 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

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