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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.


n. (plural of moth English)

Usage examples of "moths".

Moth who had been neither altogether himself nor altogether someone else, since both Moths had continued to bear the name of Moth, the son of Ri Tal, Master Potter of Kyborash.

An aspis, a handful of moths or butterflies, and a couple of small birds.

He was perturbed by the cocoon, imagining all manner of gigantic moths or butterflies emerging.

One has to husband the moths carefully, stud them regularly, milk them.

Weaver, still out there somewhere, still hunting the moths busy tearing up his precious worldweave .

The smallest of the moths, with a twisted body and stunted wings, peeled away from the mass and unrolled a monstrous tongue.

Just as one of the moths turned and froze, facing the oncoming pair of handlingers and their hosts.

She told him how the Construct Council was sure the moths were in Riverskin, hiding in the Glasshouse.

The three less damaged moths tugged their sibling, the victim of the Weaver, on wafts of smoke and air.

The moths bared their gravestone teeth and bleated their sexual challenge to each other.

But one by one, the other moths closed their female pudenda, accepting defeat and masculinity.

Grimnebulin and we will defeat these moths, these horrific night-creatures, these soul-drinkers, and he will create of me a battery.

I can look down on the landscape within and see where the moths might lurk.

The moths must leave by this break, and so I will wait and watch for them.

The moths moved away from the building, slipping smoothly through the sky, their wings still stretched out, somehow flying while the wings presented an unmoving, mesmerizing vista.