tussock moth

noun

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

Examples of tussock moth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are three species of tussock moth caterpillars found in Florida. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 The hickory tussock moth isn't actually poisonous. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2021 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

Time Traveler
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 19 Jun. 2024.

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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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