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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
References in classic literature ?
But as soon as he was settled in this position a moth flew over the table.
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.
Well," continued the Tin Woodman, "the old woman had an idea that the Powder in the bottle must be moth-powder, because it smelled something like moth-powder; so one day she sprinkled it on her bear rug to keep the moths out of it.
A great moth goes humming by me; it alights on a plant at Mr.
Do you mean to say that the candle doesn't burn the moth, when the moth flies into it?
If it hadn't been for the moths, now, every hankicher on 'em 'ud ha' gone to the rich, handsome ladies, like you, mum, at five shillin' apiece,--not a farthin' less; but what does the moth do?
To attempt to reason the case with Sophia did not appear to her one of those methods: for as Betty had reported from Mrs Honour, that Sophia had a violent inclination to Jones, she conceived that to dissuade her from the match was an endeavour of the same kind, as it would be very heartily and earnestly to entreat a moth not to fly into a candle.
When the caterpillars became moths, they made friends with the ever-increasing Oddities--albinoes, mixed-leggers, single-eyed composites, faceless drones, halfqueens and laying sisters; and the ever-dwindling band of the old stock worked themselves bald and fray-winged to feed their queer charges.
As for the Lion, he sniffed the fresh air with delight and whisked his tail from side to side in pure joy at being in the country again, while Toto ran around them and chased the moths and butterflies, barking merrily all the time.
They might as well be in use as packed away in that trunk in the garret for moths to gnaw.
There were beautiful butterflies, moths and strange bugs in the securing of which the scientist evinced great delight, though when one beetle nipped him firmly and painfully on his thumb his involuntary cry of pain was as real as that of any other person.
It seems to have been summer when our readings began, and they are associated in my memory with the smell of the neighboring gardens, which came in at the open doors and windows, and with the fluttering of moths, and the bumbling of the dorbugs, that stole in along with the odors.