promethea moth

noun pro·me·thea moth \prə|ˈmēthēə-, prō|\
variants: less commonly

prometheus moth

\-thēəs-, -ˌth(y)üs-\

Definition of promethea moth

  1. :  a large American saturniid silkworm moth (Callosamia promethea) having the wings and body chiefly smoky brown in the male and reddish brown in the female and a larva that feeds on sassafras, wild cherry, and other trees and suspends its cocoon from a branch by a silken band — compare cecropia moth

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Origin and Etymology of promethea moth

promethea from New Latin, from Latin, feminine of prometheus Promethean; prometheus from Greek Promētheus


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