gypsy moth

(redirected from European gypsy moth)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia.
Related to European gypsy moth: Lymantria dispar

gypsy moth

n.
1. A Eurasian moth (Lymantria dispar) whose caterpillars feed on foliage and are destructive to trees and shrubs especially in the northeast United States. It was introduced into the United States in the late 1800s.
2. Informal A Republican in the US House of Representatives, representing a northeast or midwestern urban area, who sometimes supports moderate legislation and causes.

gypsy moth

n
(Animals) a variant spelling of gipsy moth

gyp′sy moth`


n.
a moth, Porthetria dispar, introduced into the U.S. from Europe, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of trees.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gypsy moth - European moth introduced into North Americagypsy moth - European moth introduced into North America; a serious pest of shade 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
genus Lymantria, Lymantria - type genus of the Lymantriidae; a pest (Lymantria means `destroyer')
References in periodicals archive ?
The European Gypsy Moth is a defoliating insect that is considered a major pest in North America.
Female European gypsy moths are flightless and naturally release this pheromone to attract males.
This roster of renegades may not be as familiar to us as the European gypsy moth (or even the Asian longhorn beetle), but they threaten our forests just as surely.

Full browser ?