goat moth


Definition of goat moth

  1. :  any of the large stout-bodied moths of the family Cossidae; especially :  a European moth (Cossus cossus) whose larva bores in the wood of living trees

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of goat moth

so called from the fact that its larva exhales an odor suggestive of a he-goat

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up goat moth? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to cast off or become cast off

Get Word of the Day daily email!