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moth

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noun \ˈmȯth\

Simple Definition of moth

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

Full Definition of moth

plural moths play \ˈmȯthz, ˈmȯths\

  1. 1 :  clothes moth

  2. 2 :  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 play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
mothy play \ˈmȯ-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

Rhymes with moth



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