moth

noun \ ˈmȯth \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of moth

plural moths play \ˈmȯt͟hz, ˈmȯths\
2 :any of various usually nocturnal lepidopteran insects with antennae that are often feathery, with a stouter body, duller coloring, and proportionately smaller wings than the butterflies, and with larvae that are plant-eating caterpillars

mothlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

mothy

play \ˈmȯ-thē\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of moth

Middle English mothe, from Old English moththe; akin to Middle High German motte moth

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MOTH Defined for English Language Learners

moth

noun

Definition of moth for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of insect that is similar to a butterfly but that flies mostly at night and is usually less colorful


MOTH Defined for Kids

moth

noun \ ˈmȯth \

Definition of moth for Students

plural moths \ˈmȯt͟hz, ˈmȯths\
:an insect that usually flies at night and has mostly feathery antennae and stouter body, duller coloring, and smaller wings than the related butterflies


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