goat moth


: 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

Word History


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

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“Goat moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goat%20moth. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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