plural noun

: a diverse family of small and slender to large and stout-bodied moths that often have prominent labial palpi, hind wings that fold under the body or lay flat when at rest, and larvae that are agricultural pests

Note: In some taxonomic classifications, the family Crambidae is considered a subfamily (Crambinae) of the family Pyralidae.

see grass moth, snout moth

Word History


New Latin, from Crambus, type genus + -idae

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“Crambidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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