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

Examples of gypsy moth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like locusts or the European gypsy moth, spotted lanternfly is a genuine threat. Marc Mcandrews, Smithsonian Magazine, "Can Scientists Stop the Plague of the Spotted Lanternfly?," 22 Sep. 2020 There is a national policy in place to prevent the movement of gypsy moth. Marc Mcandrews, Smithsonian Magazine, "Can Scientists Stop the Plague of the Spotted Lanternfly?," 22 Sep. 2020 As if 2020 needed to become more like a Hollywood disaster film, giant Asian gypsy moths are now something to possibly be worried about. Fox News, "Giant gypsy moths could bring 'serious, widespread' damage to US, officials warn," 14 May 2020 And giant gypsy moths were recently spotted in Washington state as Gov. Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Georgia officials trying to stop large, invasive lizard that eats 'anything they want'," 13 May 2020 Illinois Springfield: State officials’ plan to combat infestations of the gypsy moth will be the focus of several upcoming meetings in northern Illinois. USA TODAY, "Return of Alienstock, Mardi Gras hate crime, much ado about a hat: News from around our 50 states," 19 Feb. 2020 Washington has sprayed for gypsy moths for most years since 1979. USA TODAY, "Rosa Parks statue, newborn polar bear cub, quake rocks Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 2 Dec. 2019 Three hybrid Asian gypsy moths were caught in Boulevard Bluffs. USA TODAY, "Rosa Parks statue, newborn polar bear cub, quake rocks Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 2 Dec. 2019 Officials said a Hokkaido gypsy moth trapped in Woodway this summer was the first Hokkaido moth caught in the U.S. USA TODAY, "Rosa Parks statue, newborn polar bear cub, quake rocks Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of gypsy moth

1819, in the meaning defined above

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“Gypsy moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gypsy%20moth. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for gypsy moth

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

noun

Kids Definition of gypsy moth

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

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