cecropia moth

noun

ce·​cro·​pia moth si-ˈkrō-pē-ə- How to pronounce cecropia moth (audio)
: a large North American saturniid moth (Hyalophora cecropia) that is brown with red, white, and black markings

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Examples of cecropia moth in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin cecropia, from Latin, feminine of Cecropius Athenian, from Greek Kekropios, from Kekrops Cecrops, legendary king of Athens

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cecropia moth was in 1885

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“Cecropia moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cecropia%20moth. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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cecropia moth

noun
ce·​cro·​pia moth si-ˌkrō-pē-ə- How to pronounce cecropia moth (audio)
: a red and dark brown moth that is the largest moth of North America and has a caterpillar which spins a cocoon of coarse silk

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