cactoblastis

noun cac·to·blas·tis \ˌkaktəˈblastə̇s\

Definition of cactoblastis

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of small moths (subfamily Phycitinae of the family Pyralidae) native to South America including the cactus moth (C. cactorum) which has been introduced into Australia to control prickly-pear infestation

  2. 2 plural cactoblastes \-ˌtēz\ :  cactus moth

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Origin and Etymology of cactoblastis

New Latin, from cactus + -o- + -blastis -blast


First Known Use: 1931


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