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lu·na moth

 (lo͞o′nə)
n.
A large pale-green North American saturniid moth (Actias luna) with hind wings that have elongated tips.

[New Latin lūna, species name, from Latin, moon; see lunar.]

luna moth

n
(Animals) a large American saturniid moth, Tropaea (or Actias) luna, having light green wings with a yellow crescent-shaped marking on each forewing
[C19: so named from the markings on its wings]

lu′na moth`


n.
a pale green saturniid moth, Actias luna, with crescent spots and long tails on the hind wings.
[1850–55, Amer.]
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Noun1.luna moth - large pale-green American moth with long-tailed hind wings and a yellow crescent-shaped mark on each forewingluna moth - large pale-green American moth with long-tailed hind wings and a yellow crescent-shaped mark on each forewing
saturniid, saturniid moth - large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons
Actias, genus Actias - luna moths
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