plural noun
Ti·​ne·​idae | \ tə̇ˈnēəˌdē \

Definition of Tineidae

: a family of small usually dully colored moths (superfamily Tineoidea) comprising the common clothes moths and related insects and in former classifications including all or most of the Microlepidoptera

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History and Etymology for Tineidae

New Latin, from Tinea, type genus + -idae

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“Tineidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tineidae. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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