tiger moth

noun

Definition of tiger moth

: any of a family (Arctiidae) of stout-bodied moths usually with broad striped or spotted wings

Examples of tiger moth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whereas the winged mammals home in on insects with frighteningly accurate sonar, some of their prey—such as the tiger moth—fight back with sonar clicks and even jamming signals. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 4 July 2018 The Idalus herois tiger moth produces clicks to jam the natural sonar of bats, which use echolocation to track down prey. Liz Langley, National Geographic, 29 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of tiger moth

1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Tiger moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20moth. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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