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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ When the evening comes the female spruce budworm moth rises up on warm air currents.
▪ But something was different about the way the gypsy moths died.
▪ Worse, the Paris green was killing the trees as well as the gypsy moths.
▪ In those optimistic times, the commission thought that if they just kept at it they could eventually eradicate the gypsy moth.
▪ AGMs look very much like our own gypsy moths, albeit a bit larger.
▪ These days, gypsy moth experts are more interested in the various ways the moths control themselves.
▪ They did not know it, but the gypsy moth was not being vanquished by their appropriations.
▪ With a perversity that the pest has become known for, the gypsy moth came roaring back a couple of years later.
▪ As the Bishop underlines, the dark moth is not a new species.
▪ If you put up a sign offering flesh for sale and bathe it in purple light, they come like moths.
▪ Like many of us, the moth had by its constructions achieved an immortality of sorts.
▪ The dark moths appeared in London by 1897.
▪ Their many tiny cocoons now completely filled the moth cocoon.
▪ When the evening comes the female spruce budworm moth rises up on warm air currents.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Moth \Moth\ (m[o^]th), n. A mote. [Obs.]


Moth \Moth\, n.; pl. Moths (m[o^]thz). [OE. mothe, AS. mo[eth][eth]e; akin to D. mot, G. motte, Icel. motti, and prob. to E. mad an earthworm. Cf. Mad, n., Mawk.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the butterflies; as, the luna moth; Io moth; hawk moth.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) 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. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of various other insects that destroy woolen and fur goods, etc., esp. the larv[ae] of several species of beetles of the genera Dermestes and Anthrenus. Carpet moths are often the larv[ae] of Anthrenus. See Carpet beetle, under Carpet, Dermestes, Anthrenus.

  4. Anything which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing.

    Moth blight (Zo["o]l.), any plant louse of the genus Aleurodes, and related genera. They are injurious to various plants.

    Moth gnat (Zo["o]l.), a dipterous insect of the genus Bychoda, having fringed wings.

    Moth hunter (Zo["o]l.), the goatsucker.

    Moth miller (Zo["o]l.), 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English moððe (Northumbrian mohðe), common Germanic (Old Norse motti, Middle Dutch motte, Dutch mot, German Motte "moth"), perhaps related to Old English maða "maggot," or from the root of midge (q.v.). Until 16c. used mostly of the larva and usually in reference to devouring clothes (see Matt. vi:20).


Etymology 1 n. A usually nocturnal insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from butterfly by feather-like antennae. vb. (context intransitive English) To hunt for moths. Etymology 2

n. The plant (taxlink Vigna aconitifolia species noshow=1), (vern moth bean pedia=1). Etymology 3

n. 1 (obsolete form of mote English) 2 (context dated English) A liver spot, especially an irregular or feathery one.


n. typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae


Moths comprise a group of insects related to butterflies, belonging to the order Lepidoptera. Most lepidopterans are moths; and there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which are yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species.

Moth (dinghy)

The Moth Class is the name for a small development class of sailing dinghy. Originally a cheap home built sailing boat designed to plane, now it is an expensive largely commercially produced boat designed to hydroplane on foils.

The pre hydrofoil design Moths are still sailed and raced but are far slower than their foiled counterparts.

Moth (comics)

The Moth is the name of two American comic-book superhero characters. The first was created by artist Jim Mooney and an unknown writer for Fox Feature Syndicate in 1940, during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books. The second was created by writer-artist Steve Rude in 1998 for Dark Horse Comics.

Moth (disambiguation)

A moth is an insect in the order Lepidoptera.

Moth may also refer to:

Moth (album)

Moth is the third full-length album by American indie band Chairlift, released in the United States via Columbia Records on January 22, 2016.

Moth (band)

Moth is a U.S. alternative rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio formed in 1989. The band has released five albums including a major label release on Virgin Records. They have done live performances on The Late Late Show, AOL, and Mancow's Morning Madhouse, numerous national tours and a UK tour. They have received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Blender, Spin, Billboard, Alternative Press, Transworld, Stuff, CMJ, Guitar World, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.

Usage examples of "moth".

And in those same dreams she would dance naked before Amir Bedawi, moving ever closer and closer to him, drawn like a moth beating its wings too close to the flame.

Moth, the Antiquary, though too much of a lay figure, and depending for his amusingness on his quaint antiquated language, is such a sketch as Mr.

Chakans were reputable fighters known for the simplicity of their tactics and sophistication of their equipment, yet a few moments of apocalyptic alien fury had obliterated ships and soldiers as thoroughly as moths in a volcano.

But who sent the moth and allowed it, in the midst of a late-summer thunderstorm roaring like a high school principal, to make me fall in love with the drum my mother had promised me and develop my aptitude for it?

I suddenly determined that the child and Joseph Cradock the farmer, and that unnamed Stratfordshire man, all found at night, all asphyxiated, had been choked by vast swarms of moths.

I got to the assumption or conclusion, whichever you like, that certain people had been asphyxiated by the action of moths.

Spivak, at a nod from Saint Just, signaled for her cam-eraman to switch on his lights, which attracted several more WAR attendees in the way a porch light attracts moths, although the crush was already considerable.

Let the haughty, purse-proud American--in whose warm life current one may trace the unmistakable strains of bichloride of gold and trichinae--pause for one moment to gaze at the coarse features and bloodshot eyes of his ancestors, who sat up at nights drenching their souls in a style of nepenthe that it is said would remove moths, tan, freckles, and political disabilities.

As Sir John Lubbock has shown, out of fifty-five visitants to the Caraway plant for nectar, one moth, nine bees, twenty-one flies, and twenty-four miscellaneous midges constituted the dinner party.

A similar approach is also used to monitor numbers of codling moths in apple orchards.

South American plant, this botanical insecticide was discovered in the early 1940s and has proved good for control of codling moths in apple, pear and quince trees.

Lo, what saith of them the prophet Isaiah, that under them shall be strewed moths, and their covertures shall be of worms of hell.

The dextrier screamed in fear and sudden pain, and the moth could taste the terror in the air.

Her dextrier puckered up her mouth to spitsear when the enormous moth crossed the air between them too fast even to see and clasped the handlingers to it, slobbering like a famished man.

Sarka Kaul led them over desolate trails until they reached the shadowed forests, where winged lizards fluttered about, hunting for moths and gnats in the canopy.