Moth

Definition of Moth

Pronunciation: mǒthz
n.1.A mote.
1.(Zool.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the butterflies; as, the luna moth; Io moth; hawk moth.
2.(Zool.) Any lepidopterous insect that feeds upon garments, grain, etc.; as, the clothes moth; grain moth; bee moth. See these terms under Clothes, Grain, etc.
3.(Zool.) Any one of various other insects that destroy woolen and fur goods, etc., esp. the larvæ of several species of beetles of the genera Dermestes and Anthrenus. Carpet moths are often the larvæ of Anthrenus. See Carpet beetle, under Carpet, Dermestes, Anthrenus.
4.Anything which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing.
Moth blight
(Zool.) any plant louse of the genus Aleurodes, and related genera. They are injurious to various plants.
Moth gnat
(Zool.) a dipterous insect of the genus Bychoda, having fringed wings.
Moth hunter
(Zool.) the goatsucker.
Moth miller
a - (Zool.) a clothes moth. See Miller, 3, (a).
Moth mullein
(Bot.) a common herb of the genus Verbascum (Verbascum Blattaria), having large wheel-shaped yellow or whitish flowers.

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arctiid, arctiid moth, bombycid, bombycid moth, gelechiid, gelechiid moth, geometrid, geometrid moth, hawk moth, hawkmoth, hummingbird moth, lasiocampid, lasiocampid moth, lepidopteran, lepidopteron, lepidopterous insect, lymantriid, Malacosoma americana, miller, moth miller, noctuid, noctuid moth, owlet moth, pyralid, pyralid moth, saturniid, saturniid moth, silkworm moth, sphingid, sphinx moth, tent-caterpillar moth, tineoid, tineoid moth, tortricid, tortricid moth, tussock moth
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