tiger moth


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Typically, the woolly worm, a tiger moth caterpillar, has 13 segments or bands which represent the 13 weeks of winter. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 10 Nov. 2022 The adult form of the woolly bear caterpillar, the Isabella tiger moth, does not eat and lives only for about one week. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 There are several different species of woolly bears, varying in colors, but all of them become variations of the tiger moth. Lilly St. Angelo, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Sep. 2021 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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Word History

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tiger moth was in 1816

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“Tiger moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20moth. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tiger moth


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

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