brown-tail moth

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brown-tail moth

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1. (Animals) a small brown-and-white European moth, Euproctis phaeorrhoea, naturalized in the eastern US where it causes damage to shade trees: family Lymantriidae (or Liparidae). See also tussock moth

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n.
a white moth, Euproctischrysorrhoea, having a brown tuft at the end of the abdomen, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of various shade and fruit trees.
[1775–85]
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Noun1.brown-tail moth - small brown and white European moth introduced into eastern United Statesbrown-tail moth - small brown and white European moth introduced into eastern United States; pest of various shade and fruit trees
lymantriid, tussock moth - dull-colored moth whose larvae have tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of many deciduous trees
Euproctis, genus Euproctis - a genus of Lymantriidae
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