clothes moth

noun

Definition of clothes moth 

: any of several small yellowish or buff-colored moths (especially Tinea pellionella and Tineola bisselliella of the family Tineidae) whose larvae eat wool, fur, or feathers

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Homeowners usually come into contact with one of two types of moths: pantry moths and clothes moths. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Moths," 31 Jan. 2018 Currently, Riley doesn’t know a clothes moth from a piece of kibble. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Meet Riley, the Puppy Training to Sniff Out Bugs in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts," 11 Jan. 2018 Play it safe and deter clothes moths other ways, Forte advises. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Moths," 31 Jan. 2018 The group’s conservationists have been monitoring clothes moths since 1997, setting up some 3,000 sticky traps to catch the critters. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Moths Are Nibbling Away at England’s Heritage Sites," 6 Apr. 2017

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1753, in the meaning defined above

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