noun \ˈmth\

: a kind of insect that is similar to a butterfly but that flies mostly at night and is usually less colorful

plural moths \ˈmthz, ˈmths\

Full Definition of MOTH

:  any of various usually nocturnal lepidopteran insects with antennae that are often feathery, with a stouter body, duller coloring, and proportionately smaller wings than the butterflies, and with larvae that are plant-eating caterpillars
moth·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
mothy \ˈm-thē\ adjective

Origin of MOTH

Middle English mothe, from Old English moththe; akin to Middle High German motte moth
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Insect Terms

drone, entomology, gadfly, pismire, proboscis, vespine

Rhymes with MOTH

MOTH Defined for Kids


noun \ˈmth\
plural moths \ˈmthz, ˈmths\

Definition of MOTH for Kids

:  an insect that usually flies at night and has mostly feathery antennae and stouter body, duller coloring, and smaller wings than the related butterflies
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