plural noun

: a family of mostly diurnal and brightly colored moths having the antennae thickened toward the tip and including the Australian whistling moths see forester

Word History


New Latin, from Agarista, type genus (perhaps after Agariste, flourished 6th century b.c. daughter of Cleisthenes, tyrant of Sicyon, from Greek Agaristē) + -idae

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Agaristidae was in 1840

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“Agaristidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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