imperial moth

noun

: a large North American saturniid moth (Eacles imperialis) having yellow wings marked with reddish-brown spots and patches

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of imperial moth was circa 1904

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“Imperial moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imperial%20moth. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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