tussock moth

noun

: any of numerous dull-colored moths (family Lymantriidae) that usually have wingless females and larvae with long tufts of hair

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Milkweed tussock moth adults actually click back ultrasonically at a pursuing bat as a warning about their distaste, in case the bat already ate others and regretted it. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 21 July 2022 The white-marked tussock moth caterpillar can cause skin irritation if touched. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 12 Apr. 2022 More trouble: tussock moth larvae and two other pests. Marguerite Holloway, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tussock moth was in 1826

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“Tussock moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tussock%20moth. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

tussock moth

noun
: any of numerous dull-colored moths that usually have wingless females and larvae with long tufts of hair

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