noun pit·yo·cam·pa \ˌpitēōˈkampə\

Definition of pityocampa



  1. :  the larva of a European processionary moth (Cnethocampa pityocampa) found on pine or fir trees

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Origin and Etymology of pityocampa

Latin, from Greek pityokampē, from pitys pine tree + -o- + kampē caterpillar — more at -campa

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a brief usually trivial fact

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