bogong moth

bo·​gong moth | \ ˈbōˌgȯŋ-, -gäŋ- \
variants: or bugong moth \ ˈbüˌ-​ \

Definition of bogong moth

: an Australian noctuid moth (Agrotis infusa) that is made into a paste and eated by the aborigines when the moths estivate in huge clusters in rocky mountains to which they migrate from the breeding grounds many miles away

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History and Etymology for bogong moth

borrowed from Ngarigu (Australian Aboriginal language formerly spoken from Canberra southwest to Omeo in Victoria) buguŋ

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