Porthetria

noun

Por·​thet·​ria
pȯ(r)ˈthe‧trēə
: a genus of Lymantriidae including the gypsy moth

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek porthein to destroy, ravage + -tria, feminine agent suffix; akin to Greek perthein to destroy, ravage

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“Porthetria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Porthetria. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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