brown-tail moth

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\ ˈbrau̇n-ˌtāl- How to pronounce brown-tail moth (audio) \

Definition of brown-tail moth

: a European tussock moth (Euproctis chrysorrhoea) introduced in the U.S. and having larvae which feed on foliage and have hairs irritating to the skin

First Known Use of brown-tail moth

1782, in the meaning defined above

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“Brown-tail moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brown-tail%20moth. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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