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i·o moth(ī′ō, ē′ō)
A large yellowish or reddish-brown North American moth (Automeris io) having a prominent eyelike spot on each hind wing.
[After Io, who was tormented by gadflies sent by Hera as a punishment (from the stinging spines of its larvae).]
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(Animals) an American saturniid moth, Automeris io, bright yellow with a blue-and-pink eyelike spot on each of the hind wings
[C19: after Io1 (who was tormented by a gadfly), referring to the sting of the larva]
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a large North American moth, Automeris io, with an eyespot on each hind wing.
[1865–70; after Io1]
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|Noun||1.||io moth - large yellow American moth having a large eyelike spot on each hind wing; the larvae have stinging spines|
saturniid, saturniid moth - large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
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