tor·​tri·​cid ˈtȯr-trə-səd How to pronounce tortricid (audio)
: any of a family (Tortricidae) of small stout-bodied moths many of whose larvae feed in fruits
tortricid adjective

Word History


New Latin Tortricidae, from Tortric-, Tortrix

First Known Use

circa 1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tortricid was circa 1891

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Cite this Entry

“Tortricid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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