Definition of moth
mothsplay play \ˈmȯthz, ˈmȯths\
1 : clothes moth
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
mothlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
mothyplay \ˈmȯ-thē\ adjective
Recent Examples of moth from the Web
Bats vacuum up mosquitoes, eat moths and other insects that harm crops, and even pollinate fruits like bananas and agave, which is used to produce tequila.
Some moths chased off their cubs as early as 9 months after birth, researchers report this month in the Journal of Animal Ecology, whereas other cubs were allowed to hang around as long as long as 35 months.
Although normally pollinated by moths, the flowers also are irresistible to hummingbirds.
This would be early for sod webworm moths to show up.
Talstar (bifenthrin) is very effective in killing the caterpillars (not the moths).
After the Alfajer family had been in West Hartford for six moths, Ali started to get nostalgic, and scrolled through photos of Aleppo and their old home.
The caterpillars are being attacked by a fungus lethal to gypsy moths, according to State Entomologist Kirby Stafford.
But Lanier Middle had been leading for six moths and was in the lead until April 24.
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Origin and Etymology of moth
Middle English mothe, from Old English moththe; akin to Middle High German motte moth
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
MOTH Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of moth for Students
: 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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