Yponomeuta

noun
Ypon·​o·​meu·​ta | \ (ˌ)ēˌpänəˈmyütə \

Definition of Yponomeuta

: a genus of black-spotted white moths that is the type of the family Yponomeutidae and that comprises the ermine moths

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History and Etymology for Yponomeuta

New Latin, probably irregular from Greek hyponomeutēs miner, from hyponomeuein to undermine, from hyponomos underground passage, from hyponemesthai to eat away beneath, from hypo- + nemesthai to take food, graze, present middle infinitive of nemein to pasture

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“Yponomeuta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Yponomeuta. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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