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almond moth

  • noun a moth whose larvae feed on and mat together with webbing various stored products of vegetable origin
    Cadra cautella; almond moth.
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angoumois grain moth

  • noun small moth whose larvae feed on kernels of stored grains
    Sitotroga cerealella; angoumois grain moth.
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angoumois moth

  • noun small moth whose larvae feed on kernels of stored grains
    Sitotroga cerealella; angoumois grain moth.
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An`gou`mois" moth"
Etymology
So named from Angoumois in France.
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) A small moth (Gelechia cerealella) which is very destructive to wheat and other grain. The larva eats out the inferior of the grain, leaving only the shell.
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Antler moth

  • noun European moth with white antler-like markings on the forewings; the larvae damage pastures and grasslands
    Cerapteryx graminis.
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  • (Zoöl.), a destructive European moth (Cerapteryx graminis), which devastates grass lands.
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arctiid moth

  • noun stout-bodied broad-winged moth with conspicuously striped or spotted wings; larvae are hairy caterpillars
    arctiid.
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atlas moth

  • noun giant saturniid moth widespread in Asia; sometimes cultured for silk
    Atticus atlas.
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Bee moth

  • noun moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs
    Galleria mellonella; bee moth.
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  • (Zoöl.), a moth (Galleria cereana) whose larvæ feed on honeycomb, occasioning great damage in beehives.
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bombycid moth

  • noun moderate-sized Asiatic moth whose larvae feed on mulberry leaves and produce silk
    bombycid moth; bombycid.
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Book moth

  • (Zoöl.), the name of several species of moths, the larvæ of which eat books.
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brown-tail moth

  • noun small brown and white European moth introduced into eastern United States; pest of various shade and fruit trees
    Euproctis phaeorrhoea; browntail.
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Bud moth

  • (Zoöl.), a lepidopterous insect of several species, which destroys the buds of fruit trees; esp. Tmetocera ocellana and Eccopsis malana on the apple tree.
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Burnet moth

  • (Zoöl.), in England, a handsome moth (Zygæna filipendula), with crimson spots on the wings.
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cacao moth

  • noun small moth whose larvae feed on tobacco and other dried plant products
    cacao moth; Ephestia elutella.
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Carpet moth

  • noun larvae feed on carpets and other woolens
    carpet moth; Trichophaga tapetzella.
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  • (Zoöl.), the larva of an insect which feeds on carpets and other woolen goods. There are several kinds. Some are the larvæ of species of Tinea (as T. tapetzella); others of beetles, esp. Anthrenus.
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casemaking clothes moth

  • noun the larvae live in tubes of its food material fastened with silk that it spins
    Tinea pellionella.
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cecropia moth

  • noun North American silkworm moth; larvae feed on the leaves of forest trees
    cecropia; Hyalophora cecropia.
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cinnabar moth

  • noun large red-and-black European moth; larvae feed on leaves of ragwort; introduced into United States to control ragwort
    cinnabar; Callimorpha jacobeae.
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Clothes moth

  • noun any of several small yellowish or buff-colored moths whose larvae eat organic matter e.g. woolens
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  • (Zoöl.), a small moth of the genus Tinea. The most common species (T. flavifrontella)is yellowish white. The larvæ eat woolen goods, furs, feathers, etc. They live in tubular cases made of the material upon which they feed, fastened together with silk.
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codlin moth

  • noun a small grey moth whose larvae live in apples and English walnuts
    codlin moth; Carpocapsa pomonella.
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Codling moth

  • noun a small grey moth whose larvae live in apples and English walnuts
    codlin moth; Carpocapsa pomonella.
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  • (Zoöl.), a small moth (Carpocapsa Pomonella), which in the larval state (known as the apple worm) lives in apples, often doing great damage to the crop.
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corn borer moth

  • noun native to Europe; in America the larvae bore into the stem and crown of corn and other plants
    corn borer; Pyrausta nubilalis; corn borer moth.
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cynthia moth

  • noun large Asiatic moth introduced into the United States; larvae feed on the ailanthus
    Samia walkeri; Samia cynthia.
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Dagger moth

  • (Zoöl.), any moth of the genus Apatalea. The larvæ are often destructive to the foliage of fruit trees, etc.
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Death's-head moth

  • noun European hawkmoth with markings on the back resembling a human skull
    Acherontia atropos.
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  • (Zoöl.), a very large European moth (Acherontia atropos), so called from a figure resembling a human skull on the back of the thorax; called also death's-head sphinx.
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domestic silkworm moth

  • noun stocky creamy-white Asiatic moth found almost entirely under human care; the source of most of the silk commerce
    Bombyx mori; domestic silkworm moth.
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domesticated silkworm moth

  • noun stocky creamy-white Asiatic moth found almost entirely under human care; the source of most of the silk commerce
    Bombyx mori; domestic silkworm moth.
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Drinker moth

  • (Zoöl.), a large British moth (Odonestis potatoria).
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Elm moth

  • (Zoöl.), one of numerous species of moths of which the larvæ destroy the leaves of the elm (esp. Eugonia subsignaria, called elm spanworm).
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Emperor moth

  • noun large moth of temperate forests of Eurasia having heavily scaled transparent wings
    emperor; Saturnia pavonia.
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  • (Zoöl.), one of several large and beautiful bombycid moths, with transparent spots on the wings; as the American Cecropia moth (Platysamia cecropia), and the European species (Saturnia pavonia).
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Ermine moth

  • (Zoöl.), a white moth with black spots (esp. Yponomeuta padella of Europe); so called on account of the resemblance of its covering to the fur of the ermine; also applied to certain white bombycid moths of America.
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european corn borer moth

  • noun native to Europe; in America the larvae bore into the stem and crown of corn and other plants
    corn borer; Pyrausta nubilalis; corn borer moth.
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fig moth

  • noun a moth whose larvae feed on and mat together with webbing various stored products of vegetable origin
    Cadra cautella; almond moth.
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gelechiid moth

  • noun small slender-winged moths whose larvae are agricultural pests
    gelechiid.
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geometrid moth

  • noun slender-bodied broad-winged moth whose larvae are called measuring worms
    geometrid.
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Ghost moth

  • (Zoöl.), a large European moth (Hepialus humuli); so called from the white color of the male, and the peculiar hovering flight; called also great swift.
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giant silkworm moth

  • noun any silkworm moth of the family Saturniidae
    giant silkworm moth.
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gipsy moth

  • noun European moth introduced into North America; a serious pest of shade trees
    Lymantria dispar; gipsy moth.
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Goat moth

  • (Zoöl.), any moth of the genus Cossus, esp. the large European species (C. ligniperda), the larva of which burrows in oak and willow trees, and requires three years to mature. It exhales an odor like that of the he-goat.
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gold-tail moth

  • noun white furry-bodied European moth with a yellow tail tuft
    Euproctis chrysorrhoea.
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gracilariid moth

  • noun small dull or metallic-colored tineoid moths whose larvae mine in plant leaves
    gracilariid.
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Grain moth

  • noun moth whose larvae feed on grain
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  • (Zoöl.), one of several small moths, of the family Tineidæ (as Tinea granella and Butalis cereAlella), whose larvæ devour grain in storehouses.
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Grape moth

  • (Zoöl.), a small moth (Eudemis botrana), which in the larval state eats the interior of grapes, and often binds them together with silk.
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Grass moth

  • (Zoöl.), one of many small moths of the genus Crambus, found in grass.
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Grease moth

  • (Zoöl.), a pyralid moth (Aglossa pinguinalis) whose larva eats greasy cloth, etc.
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gypsy moth

  • noun European moth introduced into North America; a serious pest of shade trees
    Lymantria dispar; gipsy moth.
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Hag moth

  • (Zoöl.), a moth (Phobetron pithecium), the larva of which has curious side appendages, and feeds on fruit trees.
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Hair moth

  • (Zoöl.), any moth which destroys goods made of hair, esp. Tinea biselliella.
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Harlequin moth

  • . (Zoöl.) See Magpie Moth.
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Harnessed moth

  • (Zoöl.), an American bombycid moth (Arctia phalerata of Harris), having, on the fore wings, stripes and bands of buff on a black ground.
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Hawk moth

  • noun any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed
    hawk moth; hawkmoth; sphingid; hummingbird moth.
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  • . (Zoöl.) See Hawk moth, in the Vocabulary.
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heliothis moth

  • noun medium-sized moth whose larvae are corn earworms
    Heliothis zia.
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Honeycomb moth

  • (Zoöl.), the wax moth.
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Hop moth

  • (Zoöl.), a moth (Hypena humuli), which in the larval state is very injurious to hop vines.
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Humming-bird moth

  • (Zoöl.), a hawk moth. See Hawk moth, under Hawk, the bird.
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hummingbird moth

  • noun any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed
    hawk moth; hawkmoth; sphingid; hummingbird moth.
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imperial moth

  • noun large American moth having yellow wings with purplish or brownish markings; larvae feed on e.g. maple and pine trees
    Eacles imperialis.
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io moth

  • noun large yellow American moth having a large eyelike spot on each hind wing; the larvae have stinging spines
    Automeris io.
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I"o moth`
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  1. (Zoöl.) A large and handsome American moth (Hyperchiria Io), having a large, bright-colored spot on each hind wing, resembling the spots on the tail of a peacock. The larva is covered with prickly hairs, which sting like nettles.
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isabella moth

Is`a*bel"la moth`
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  1. (Zoöl.) A common American moth (Pyrrharctia isabella), of an isabella color. The larva, called woolly bear and hedgehog caterpillar, is densely covered with hairs, which are black at each end of the body, and red in the middle part.
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Lackey moth

  • (Zoöl.), the moth which produces the lackey caterpillar.
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Lambda moth

  • (Zoöl.), a moth so called from a mark on its wings, resembling the Greek letter lambda (Λ).
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Lappet moth

  • noun medium-sized hairy moths; larvae are lappet caterpillars
    lappet.
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  • (Zoöl.), one of several species of bombycid moths, which have stout, hairy caterpillars, flat beneath. Two common American species (Gastropacha Americana, and Tolype velleda) feed upon the apple tree.
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lasiocampid moth

  • noun medium-sized stout-bodied neutral-colored moths with comb-like antennae
    lasiocampid.
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Luna moth

  • noun large pale-green American moth with long-tailed hind wings and a yellow crescent-shaped mark on each forewing
    Actias luna.
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  • (Zoöl.), a very large and beautiful American moth (Actias luna). Its wings are delicate light green, with a stripe of purple along the front edge of the anterior wings, the other margins being edged with pale yellow. Each wing has a lunate spot surrounded by rings of light yellow, blue, and black. The caterpillar commonly feeds on the hickory, sassafras, and maple.
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Magpie moth

  • (Zoöl.), a black and white European geometrid moth (Abraxas grossulariata); the harlequin moth. Its larva feeds on currant and gooseberry bushes.
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Mason moth

  • (Zoöl.), any moth whose larva constructs an earthen cocoon under the soil.
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Meal moth

  • (Zoöl.), a lepidopterous insect (Asopia farinalis), the larvæ of which feed upon meal, flour, etc.
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mediterranean flour moth

  • noun small moth whose larvae damage stored grain and flour
    Anagasta kuehniella.
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moth bean

  • noun East Indian legume having hairy foliage and small yellow flowers followed by cylindrical pods; used especially in India for food and forage and as a soil conditioner; sometimes placed in genus Phaseolus
    Vigna aconitifolia; Phaseolus aconitifolius.
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Moth blight

  • (Zoöl.), any plant louse of the genus Aleurodes, and related genera. They are injurious to various plants.
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Moth gnat

  • (Zoöl.), a dipterous insect of the genus Bychoda, having fringed wings.
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Moth hunter

  • (Zoöl.), the goatsucker.
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Moth miller

  • noun any of various moths that have powdery wings
    miller.
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  • (Zoöl.), a clothes moth. See Miller, 3, (a).
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Moth mullein

  • noun European mullein with smooth leaves and large yellow or purplish flowers; naturalized as a weed in North America
    Verbascum blattaria.
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  • (Bot.), a common herb of the genus Verbascum (V. Blattaria), having large wheel-shaped yellow or whitish flowers.
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moth orchid

  • noun any of various orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis having often drooping glossy broad obovate or oval leaves usually dark green flushed purple or mottled grey and silver
    moth orchid.
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moth plant

  • noun any of various orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis having often drooping glossy broad obovate or oval leaves usually dark green flushed purple or mottled grey and silver
    moth orchid.
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moth-eat

Moth"-eat` transitive verb
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  1. To eat or prey upon, as a moth eats a garment. Rarely used except in the form moth-eaten, p.p. or a.
    Ruin and neglect have so moth-eaten her. Sir T. Herbert.
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moth-eaten

  • adjective satellite showing signs of wear and tear
    ratty; tatty; shabby.
    • a ratty old overcoat
    • shabby furniture
    • an old house with dirty windows and tatty curtains
  • adjective satellite worn or eaten away by (or as if by) moths
    mothy.
    • moth-eaten blankets
  • adjective satellite lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new
    dusty; cold; stale.
    • moth-eaten theories about race
    • stale news
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moth-resistant

  • adjective satellite resistant to damage by moths
    mothproof.
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night moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of the noctuids.
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noctuid moth

  • noun usually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests
    noctuid moth; noctuid.
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Owl moth

  • (Zoöl.), a very large moth (Erebus strix). The expanse of its wings is over ten inches.
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Owlet moth

  • noun usually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests
    noctuid moth; noctuid.
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  • (Zoöl.), any noctuid moth.
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Pearl moth

  • (Zoöl.), any moth of the genus Margaritia; so called on account of its pearly color.
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Pepper moth

  • (Zoöl.), a European moth (Biston betularia) having white wings covered with small black specks.
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pernyi moth

  • noun a Chinese moth that produces a brownish silk
    Antheraea pernyi.
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Per"ny*i moth"
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  1. (Zoöl.) A silk-producing moth (Attacus Pernyi) which feeds upon the oak. It has been introduced into Europe and America from China.
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Pine moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of small tortricid moths of the genus Retinia, whose larvæ burrow in the ends of the branchlets of pine trees, often doing great damage.
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Plume moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of numerous small, slender moths, belonging to the family Pterophoridæ. Most of them have the wings deeply divided into two or more plumelike lobes. Some species are injurious to the grapevine.
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polyphemus moth

  • noun very large yellowish-brown American silkworm moth with large eyespots on hind wings; larvae feed on fruit and shade trees
    Antheraea polyphemus.
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potato moth

  • noun greyish-brown moth whose larva is the potato tuberworm
    splitworm; Phthorimaea operculella; potato moth.
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potato tuber moth

  • noun greyish-brown moth whose larva is the potato tuberworm
    splitworm; Phthorimaea operculella; potato moth.
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Processionary moth

  • (Zoöl.), any moth of the genus Cnethocampa, especially C. processionea of Europe, whose larvæ make large webs on oak trees, and go out to feed in regular order. They are covered with stinging hairs.
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Prominent' moth

  • (Zoöl.), any moth of the family Notodontidæ; a notodontian; so called because the larva has a hump or prominence on its back. Several of the species are injurious to fruit trees.
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Puss moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of stout bombycid moths belonging to Cerura, Harpyia, and allied genera, esp. Harpyia vinuli, of Europe. The larvæ are humpbacked, and have two caudal appendages.
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pyralid moth

  • noun usually tropical slender-bodied long-legged moth whose larvae are crop pests
    pyralid.
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raisin moth

  • noun moth whose larvae attack dried fruits and cereal products
    Cadra figulilella.
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Rustic moth

  • (Zoöl.), any moth belonging to Agrotis and allied genera. Their larvæ are called cutworms. See Cutworm.
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Satellite moth

  • (Zoöl.), a handsome European noctuid moth (Scopelosoma satellitia).
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saturniid moth

  • noun large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
    saturniid.
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Seraph moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of geometrid moths of the genus Lobophora, having the hind wings deeply bilobed, so that they seem to have six wings.
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Silk moth

  • (Zoöl.), the adult moth of any silkworm. See Silkworm.
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silkworm moth

  • noun any silkworm moth of the family Saturniidae
    giant silkworm moth.
  • noun moderate-sized Asiatic moth whose larvae feed on mulberry leaves and produce silk
    bombycid moth; bombycid.
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Silver moth

  • (Zoöl.), a lepisma.
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Skin moth

  • (Zoöl.), any insect which destroys the prepared skins of animals, especially the larva of Dermestes and Anthrenus.
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Snout moth

  • (Zoöl.), any pyralid moth. See Pyralid.
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Soldier moth

  • (Zoöl.), a large geometrid moth (Euschema militaris), having the wings bright yellow with bluish black lines and spots.
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Sphinx moth

  • noun any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed
    hawk moth; hawkmoth; sphingid; hummingbird moth.
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  • . (Zoöl.) Same as Sphinx, 3.
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Sting moth

  • (Zoöl.), an Australian moth (Doratifera vulnerans) whose larva is armed, at each end of the body, with four tubercles bearing powerful stinging organs.
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Strawberry moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of moth whose larvæ feed on the strawberry vines ; as: (a) The smeared dagger (Apatela oblinita), whose large hairy larva is velvety black with two rows of bright yellow spots on each side. (b) A geometrid (Angerona crocataria) which is yellow with dusky spots on the wings. Called also currant moth.
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Swallow-tailed moth

  • (Zoöl.), a European moth (Urapteryx sambucaria) having tail-like lobes on the hind wings.
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Tapestry moth

  • noun larvae feed on carpets and other woolens
    carpet moth; Trichophaga tapetzella.
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  • . (Zoöl.) Same as Carpet moth, under Carpet.
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tent-caterpillar moth

  • noun moth whose gregarious larvae spin webs resembling carpets
    Malacosoma disstria.
  • noun moth whose larvae are tent caterpillars
    Malacosoma americana.
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Tiger moth

  • noun medium-sized moth with long richly colored and intricately patterned wings; larvae are called woolly bears
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  • (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of moths of the family Arctiadæ which are striped or barred with black and white or with other conspicuous colors. The larvæ are called woolly bears.
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tineid moth

  • noun small yellowish moths whose larvae feed on wool or fur
    tineid.
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tineoid moth

  • noun small dull-colored moth with chewing mouthparts
    tineoid.
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tobacco moth

  • noun small moth whose larvae feed on tobacco and other dried plant products
    cacao moth; Ephestia elutella.
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tortricid moth

  • noun any of numerous small moths having lightly fringed wings; larvae are leaf rollers or live in fruits and galls
    tortricid.
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Turpentine moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of small tortricid moths whose larvæ eat the tender shoots of pine and fir trees, causing an exudation of pitch or resin.
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Tussock moth

  • noun dull-colored moth whose larvae have tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of many deciduous trees
    lymantriid.
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  • (Zoöl.), the imago of any tussock caterpillar. They belong to Orgyia, Halecidota, and allied genera.
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Unicorn moth

  • (Zoöl.), a notodontian moth (Coelodasys unicornis) whose caterpillar has a prominent horn on its back; called also unicorn prominent.
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v moth

V" moth`
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  1. (Zoöl.) A common gray European moth (Halia vauaria) having a V-shaped spot of dark brown on each of the fore wings.
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Vaporer moth

  • . (Zoöl.) See Orgyia.
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Veneer moth

  • (Zoöl.), any moth of the genus Chilo; so called because the mottled colors resemble those of veneering.
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Wave moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of small geometrid moths belonging to Acidalia and allied genera; so called from the wavelike color markings on the wings.
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Wax moth

  • noun moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs
    Galleria mellonella; bee moth.
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  • (Zoöl.), a pyralid moth (Galleria cereana) whose larvæ feed upon honeycomb, and construct silken galleries among the fragments. The moth has dusky gray wings streaked with brown near the outer edge. The larva is yellowish white with brownish dots. Called also bee moth.
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webbing clothes moth

  • noun moth that forms a web in which it lives
    webbing clothes moth; Tineola bisselliella.
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webbing moth

  • noun moth that forms a web in which it lives
    webbing clothes moth; Tineola bisselliella.
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webworm moth

  • noun a variety of moth that spins a web in which it lives
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Wheat moth

  • (Zoöl.), any moth whose larvæ devour the grains of wheat, chiefly after it is harvested; a grain moth. See Angoumois Moth, also Grain moth, under Grain.
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Winter moth

  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of geometrid moths which come forth in winter, as the European species (Cheimatobia brumata). These moths have rudimentary mouth organs, and eat no food in the imago state. The female of some of the species is wingless.
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woolly bear moth

  • noun larva of moth of the family Arctiidae
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Y moth

  • (Zoöl.), a handsome European noctuid moth Plusia gamma) which has a bright, silvery mark, shaped like the letter Y, on each of the fore wings. Its larva, which is green with five dorsal white species, feeds on the cabbage, turnip, bean, etc. Called also gamma moth, and silver Y.
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Yucca moth

  • (Zoöl.), a small silvery moth (Pronuba yuccasella) whose larvæ feed on plants of the genus Yucca.
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