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

Examples of clothes moth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The interloper: the webbing clothes moth, which feeds on silk, wool and other organic material. Melody Petersen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2021 The interloper was the webbing clothes moth, which feeds on silk, wool and other organic material. Deborah Vankin Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Some of them include female clothes moth pheromones to lure the insects. Deborah Vankin Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Play it safe and deter clothes moths other ways, Forte advises. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 13 Mar. 2019 Play it safe and deter clothes moths other ways, Forte advises. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 13 Mar. 2019 Play it safe and deter clothes moths other ways, Forte advises. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 13 Mar. 2019 Play it safe and deter clothes moths other ways, Forte advises. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 13 Mar. 2019 Play it safe and deter clothes moths other ways, Forte advises. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 13 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of clothes moth

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clothes moth was in 1753

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“Clothes moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clothes%20moth. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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