cactus moth

noun

: a moth having a larva that feeds on cactus
specifically : a small whitish or yellowish moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) with dusky markings the larva of which is an orange-red gregarious borer that invades and consumes prickly pear see cactoblastis

Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cactus moth was in 1947

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“Cactus moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cactus%20moth. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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