moth

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noun \ˈmȯth\

Definition of moth

plural

moths

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  1. 1 :  clothes moth

  2. 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

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mothy

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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 century

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MOTH Defined for English Language Learners

moth

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noun \ˈmȯth\

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

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noun \ˈmȯth\

Definition of moth for Students

plural

moths

\ˈmȯthz, ˈmȯths\
  1. :  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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