luna moth


lu·na moth

noun \ˈlü-nə-\

Definition of LUNA MOTH

:  a large mostly pale green American saturniid moth (Actias luna) with long tails on the hind wings

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Origin of LUNA MOTH

New Latin luna (specific epithet of Actias luna), from Latin, moon
First Known Use: 1869

Rhymes with LUNA MOTH

luna moth

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Species (Actias luna) of saturniid moth of eastern North America. Lunas are pale green and have a wingspread of 4 in. (10 cm). The wings have a thin brown border, and each hind wing has a long tail-like projection. The larvae feed on the leaves of many kinds of trees and shrubs. See also moth.


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