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Any of various usually dull-colored moths of the family Lymantriidae, the caterpillars of which have tufts of hair along the back and are often destructive to deciduous trees.
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[C19: so named because of the tufts of hair on the caterpillars]
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|Noun||1.||tussock moth - dull-colored moth whose larvae have tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of many deciduous trees|
moth - typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
gipsy moth, gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar - European moth introduced into North America; a serious pest of shade trees
browntail, brown-tail moth, Euproctis phaeorrhoea - small brown and white European moth introduced into eastern United States; pest of various shade and fruit trees
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