gypsy moth

noun

Definition of gypsy moth

:an Old World tussock moth (Lymantria dispar) that was introduced about 1869 into the U.S. and has a grayish-brown mottled hairy caterpillar which is a destructive defoliator of many trees

First Known Use of gypsy moth

1819


GYPSY MOTH Defined for English Language Learners

gypsy moth

noun

Definition of gypsy moth for English Language Learners

  • : a type of moth whose caterpillar does great damage to trees by eating the leaves


GYPSY MOTH Defined for Kids

gypsy moth

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Definition of gypsy moth for Students

:a moth whose caterpillar does great damage to trees by eating the leaves

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