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

Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brown-tail moth was in 1782

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“Brown-tail moth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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