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

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Connecticut suffered significant gypsy moth damage in 1981, when 1.5 million acres were defoliated. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Salvaging White Oaks Lost To Gypsy Moth Devastation," 21 May 2018 Efforts to eradicate the invasive species proved fruitless: the gypsy moth remains a scourge to this day. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "These 19th-century astronomical drawings show the beauty of cosmos," 30 Sep. 2018 The gypsy moth is the adult stage of one of the caterpillar species that threaten tree canopies. New York Times, "Where Have All the Gypsy Moths Gone?," 11 May 2018 You’re right up there now with the big guys, with gypsy moths and Japanese beetles. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, "When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home," 8 Aug. 2011 Not to be outdone, Philadelphia’s Wagner Free Institute of Science noted that a New Englander had introduced the gypsy moth to the United States. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "Super Bowl science: Philly, Boston museums talk trash on Twitter," 1 Feb. 2018

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1819, in the meaning defined above

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gypsy moth

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gypsy moth

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

gypsy moth

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Kids Definition of gypsy moth

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

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