tor·​trix ˈtȯr-triks How to pronounce tortrix (audio)
: a tortricid moth

Word History


New Latin Tortric-, Tortrix, genus of moths, from Latin tortus, past participle of torquēre to twist; from the habit of twisting or rolling leaves to make a nest

First Known Use

circa 1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tortrix was circa 1797

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Cite this Entry

“Tortrix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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