gamma moth

noun

Definition of gamma moth

  1. :  a migratory European noctuid moth (Plusia gamma) having a bright silvery Y-shaped mark on each of the forewings and a larva that feeds on the cabbage and other vegetables —called also silver Y moth

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Origin and Etymology of gamma moth

New Latin gamma (specific epithet of Plusia gamma), from Late Latin, third letter of the Greek alphabet; from the likeness in shape of the marks on the forewings to small gammas


First Known Use: 1799


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