variants or less commonly egger
plural -s
: any of various moths of the family Lasiocampidae (as many members of the genera Eriogaster and Lasiocampa) that have nonfunctional mouthparts as adults and plumose antennae in the males and produce larvae that feed on the foliage of trees

Word History


eggar alteration of egger; egger from egg entry 2 + -er; from the shape of the cocoon

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“Eggar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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