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moth

 (môth, mŏth)
n. pl. moths (môthz, mŏthz, môths, mŏths)
1. Any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, generally distinguished from butterflies by their nocturnal activity, hairlike or feathery antennae, stout bodies, and the frenulum that holds the front and back wings together.
2. A clothes moth.

[Middle English motthe, from Old English moththe.]

moth

(mɒθ)
n
(Animals) any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera that typically have stout bodies with antennae of various shapes (but not clubbed), including large brightly coloured species, such as hawk moths, and small inconspicuous types, such as the clothes moths. Compare butterfly1
[Old English moththe; compare Middle Dutch motte, Old Norse motti]

moth

(mɔθ, mɒθ)

n., pl. moths (môtz, motz, môths, moths).
1. any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, generally distinguished from the butterflies by having feathery antennae and by having nocturnal habits.
[before 950; Old English moththe]

moth

(môth)
Any of various insects that resemble butterflies but are nocturnal and have smaller and less brightly colored wings, stouter bodies, and hair-like or feathery antennae. Unlike butterflies, moths tend to hold their wings out horizontally when at rest. Compare butterfly.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennaemoth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
lepidopteran, lepidopteron, lepidopterous insect - insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales
moth miller, miller - any of various moths that have powdery wings
tortricid, tortricid moth - any of numerous small moths having lightly fringed wings; larvae are leaf rollers or live in fruits and galls
lymantriid, tussock moth - dull-colored moth whose larvae have tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of many deciduous trees
geometrid, geometrid moth - slender-bodied broad-winged moth whose larvae are called measuring worms
pyralid, pyralid moth - usually tropical slender-bodied long-legged moth whose larvae are crop pests
tineoid, tineoid moth - small dull-colored moth with chewing mouthparts
gelechiid, gelechiid moth - small slender-winged moths whose larvae are agricultural pests
noctuid, noctuid moth, owlet moth - usually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests
hawk moth, hawkmoth, hummingbird moth, sphingid, sphinx moth - any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed
bombycid, bombycid moth, silkworm moth - moderate-sized Asiatic moth whose larvae feed on mulberry leaves and produce silk
saturniid, saturniid moth - large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
arctiid, arctiid moth - stout-bodied broad-winged moth with conspicuously striped or spotted wings; larvae are hairy caterpillars
lasiocampid, lasiocampid moth - medium-sized stout-bodied neutral-colored moths with comb-like antennae
Malacosoma americana, tent-caterpillar moth - moth whose larvae are tent caterpillars

moth

noun
Related words
young caterpillar
enthusiast lepidopterist
see butterflies and moths
Translations
عِثَةٌعُثَّه، سوسَة ألْبِسَهعُثَّه، سوسَه
molmůra
mølnatsværmer
koiyöperhonen
moljac
molypille
mölur
나방
chemikalų rutuliukas kandims naikintidrugyskandiskandžių suėstas
kodenaktstauriņš
molie
moľamora
molj
malnattfjäril
ผีเสื้อราตรีออกหากินกลางคืน
con nhậy

moth

[mɒθ] Nmariposa f nocturna; (= clothes moth) → polilla f

moth

[ˈmɒθ] n
(= butterfly) → papillon m de nuit
(= clothes-moth) → mite f

moth

nNachtfalter m; (wool-eating) → Motte f; to be attracted like a moth to a flamewie die Motten vom Licht angezogen werden

moth

:
mothball
nMottenkugel f; to put in moths (lit, fig)einmotten; shipstilllegen, außer Dienst stellen
vt plan, equipment etceinmotten; factorystillegen
moth-eaten
adj (lit)mottenzerfressen; (fig)ausgedient, vermottet (inf)

moth

:
mothhole
nMottenloch nt
mothproof
adjmottenfest
vtmottenfest machen

moth

[mɒθ] nfalena, farfalla notturna (also clothes moth) → tarma

moth

(moθ) plural moths (moθs) (American) (mo:ðz) noun
1. any of a large number of insects, rather like butterflies but with wider bodies, seen mostly at night and attracted by light.
2. a clothes moth. The moths have been at my evening dress.
clothes moth
a type of moth whose larva feeds on cloth and makes holes.
ˈmothball noun
a small ball of a chemical used to protect clothes from clothes moths.
ˈmoth-eaten adjective
(of cloth) eaten by moths. a moth-eaten blanket.

moth

عِثَةٌ můra møl Motte νυχτοπεταλούδα polilla koi papillon de nuit moljac tarma 나방 mot møll ćma traça моль nattfjäril ผีเสื้อราตรีออกหากินกลางคืน güve con nhậy 飞蛾
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This rag of scarlet cloth -- for time, and wear, and a sacrilegious moth had reduced it to little other than a rag -- on careful examination, assumed the shape of a letter.
where moth and rust do corrupt, but lay--" Lay, indeed, thought I, and such a lay
A painted moth came in at the open window and settled on the tuft of brilliant leaves.
A great moth goes humming by me; it alights on a plant at Mr.
What they done, is laid up wheer neither moth or rust doth corrupt, and wheer thieves do not break through nor steal.
But many thought, and I thought so too, that it was special favour and mercy which Heaven showed to Spain in permitting the destruction of that source and hiding place of mischief, that devourer, sponge, and moth of countless money, fruitlessly wasted there to no other purpose save preserving the memory of its capture by the invincible Charles V; as if to make that eternal, as it is and will be, these stones were needed to support it.
The sun had set some minutes since, the swift dusk of the tropics was already fading out of the eastern sky, and a pioneer moth fluttered silently by my head.
In some things, you know, you ca'n't be quite sure what an insect would like: for instance, I never could quite settle, supposing I were a moth, whether I would rather be kept out of the candle, or be allowed to fly straight in and get burnt--or again, supposing I were a spider, I'm not sure if I should be quite pleased to have my web torn down, and the fly let loose--but I feel quite certain that, if I were a beetle and had rolled over on my back, I should always be glad to be helped up again.
said Louise, "and every exaggeration attracts you as light does a moth.
A small fly or moth had fluttered across our path, and in an instant Stapleton was rushing with extraordinary energy and speed in pursuit of it.
He instanced a snake, the cast skin of which, deep purple in color, was fifty-one feet in length, and mentioned a white creature, supposed to be mammalian, which gave forth well-marked phosphorescence in the darkness; also a large black moth, the bite of which was supposed by the Indians to be highly poisonous.
And then you wonder that such a charming moth could come from such a forbidding shell as that.