• Caterpillars of Procession Moth
    Caterpillars of Procession Moth
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n moth typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae
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Additional illustrations & photos:

46. Pickle Worm and its Moth 46. Pickle Worm and its Moth
48. Vine Dresser Moth 48. Vine Dresser Moth
213. Mouth-parts of Moths 213. Mouth-parts of Moths
265. Hop Vine Moth and Young 265. Hop Vine Moth and Young
The forest tent-caterpillar moth The forest tent-caterpillar moth
Moths of the peach-tree borer Moths of the peach-tree borer
The larva of the pen-marked sphinx-moth The larva of the pen-marked sphinx-moth
Stages of the Diamond-back Moth Stages of the Diamond-back Moth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The scarlet tanager, a songbird native to Illinois, can eat as many as 2,100 gypsy-moth caterpillars in one hour
    • n Moth mŏth A mote.
    • Moth (Zoöl) Any lepidopterous insect that feeds upon garments, grain, etc.; as, the clothes moth; grain moth; bee moth . See these terms under Clothes Grain, etc.
    • Moth (Zoöl) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the butterflies; as, the luna moth; Io moth; hawk moth.
    • Moth (Zoöl) Any one of various other insects that destroy woolen and fur goods, etc., esp. the larvæ of several species of beetles of the genera Dermestes and Anthrenus. Carpet moths are often the larvæ of Anthrenus. See Carpet beetle, under Carpet Dermestes Anthrenus.
    • Moth Anything which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The silkworm moth has lost the ability to fly ever since it has been domesticated
    • n moth A nocturnal or crepuscular lepidopterous insect; a member of the order Lepidoptera and suborder Heterocera. Moths resemble butterflies, but for the most part fly by night instead of by day, and their antennæ, though exhibiting great diversity of size and shape, are not rhopalocerous or clubbed at the end like those of butterflies. There are many families and very numerous genera and species. Aside from numberless specific names, moths are distinguished by the leading families under English names. Hawk-moths are Sphingidœ and related families; butterfly hawk-moths, Uraniidœ (various popular names), Zygœnidœ; clear-winged hawk-moths, Ægeriidœ; swift-moths, Hpialidœ; lappet-moths or silkworm-moths, Bombgcidæ; tiger-moths, Arctiidœ; lackey-moths, Lithosiidœ; rustic moths, Noctuidœ; geometrid moths, Geometridœ; meal-moths, Pyralidœ; leaf-rolling moths, Tortricidæ; ermine-moths, Yponomeutidœ; leaf-mining moths, Tineidœ; plume-moths, Alueitidœ (or Pterophoridœ). The tineids include the various small moths injurious to carpets and other woolen fabrics. The smaller moths, of several families, are often collectively designated Microlepidoptera. Various small white mealy moths are called millers. See the above names, and cuts under sphinx, Bombyx, Cidaria, Eacles, Carpocapsa, and Agrotis.
    • n moth Any larva that destroys woolen fabrics.
    • n moth Figuratively, one who or that which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes anything.
    • n moth An obsolete variant of mote.
    • n moth In India, a trailing dwarf bean, Phaseolus aconitifolius, cultivated for food and fodder. Also called Turkish gram. See gram.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
    • n Moth moth a family of insects like butterflies, seen mostly at night: the larva of this insect which gnaws cloth: that which eats away gradually and silently.
    • n Moth ., moth, a family of insects like butterflies, seen mostly at night: the larva of this insect which gnaws cloth: that which eats away gradually and silently
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  • Bible
    “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. [Matthew 6:20]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mothe, AS. moððe,; akin to D. mot, G. motte, Icel. motti, and prob. to E. mad, an earthworm. Cf. Mad (n.) Mawk
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. moþþe, mohþe; Ger. motte.


In literature:

When a colony has become hopelessly queenless, then moth or no moth, its destruction is absolutely certain.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
As he went out, in came the Butterfly and the Moth, who made their calls together.
"Seven Little People and their Friends" by Horace Elisha Scudder
Well, I wash my hands of her belongings, moths or no moths.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
It protects the chrysalis until it pierces its way through its silken house and comes out a moth.
"The Story of Silk" by Sara Ware Bassett
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
One day he noticed that the moths were getting into it, and he told his servant to see about the moths, and drive them out.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
Through her courtesy, "The Moth and the Flame" is here included.
"Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911: The Moth and the Flame" by Clyde Fitch
The eye of a moth, who was on one of the leaves.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Wilhelmine stood at the foot of the dais before the Duchess, who was exchanging moth-dull confidences with Madame de Stafforth.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Some butterflies and moths (the autumnal appearing species) live through all the winter hid up in hollow trees, outhouses, etc.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne

In poetry:

I knew we were so far apart,
    I was tired and sad;
But the little moth brought me your love,
    And then I was glad.
"Verses for a Letter" by Sarah Orne Jewett
A tired little moth, with his wings
    Like a flower that had blown
All away on the breath of a wind
    That had kissed it and flown.
"Verses for a Letter" by Sarah Orne Jewett
"All those through whom I learned
The sweet of folly and the pains of love,
My Rose, my Star, my Comforter, my Dove,
For whom, poor moth, I burned.
"Don Rafael" by Emma Lazarus
Memories, like night moths, are beating
At the lighted windows of my life.
I shall not open to them;
Neither may I rest
For the ceaseless beating of their wings.
"Night Moths" by Edith Mirick
The sounds we hear are not what we may share in,
We may not linger where the white moths roam,
We must hasten yet more swiftly, little playmate,
To the house among the pines that is our home.
"At Nightfall" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The gold moth did not love him
So, gorgeous, she flew away.
But the gray moth circled the flame
Until the break of day.
And then, with wings like a dead desire,
She fell, fire-caught, into the flame.
"Fire-Caught" by Langston Hughes

In news:

SAN FRANCISCO — One after another, like moths to a flame, technology companies have been seduced into entering the market for tablets.
Detectives, confidential informant spend 3 moths investigating.
Sarah Bolger in The Moth Diaries.
National Moth Week Event at Waterman Center.
(WBNG Binghamton) Come join the Waterman Conservation Education Center for the 1st annual Moth Night in celebration of National Moth Week and learn about local moths.
Adults of the sod webworm are small, brown moths with a wingspread of about 3/4 inch.
For the past few weeks, I've gotten numerous emails complaining about large numbers of small moths flying around area lawns and beds.
It only took Bill 4-moths to transform his sedan from a mundane stocker to a bitchin' hot rod.
INTERVIEWS Hear Black Moth Super Rainbow Spinoff Casket Girls' Woozy 'Sleepwalking'.
4 Black Moth Super Rainbow — Cobra Juicy (Rad Cult).
Beautiful moths are in abundance .
On an island off the coast of Georgia, moths beat against the screen as George Dawes Green and his childhood friends stay up late telling stories on a cozy summer porch.
How An Elegant Moth Stays Aloft .
Hosted by The Moth 's Producing Director, Sarah Austin Jenness.
Hosted by The Moth 's Artistic Director, Catherine Burns.

In science:

The good camouflage of these moths reduces their predation by birds.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
We find that, all over from the dilute to the dense regime of pairs, Pauli blocking induces the same ”moth-eaten effect” as the one existing for composite boson excitons.
"Moth-eaten effect" driven by Pauli blocking, revealed for Cooper pairs
We can visualize this idea by seeing each added new pair as a little moth eating one state, the number of ”motheaten” states increasing linearly with pair number.
"Moth-eaten effect" driven by Pauli blocking, revealed for Cooper pairs
This ”moth-eaten” effect, which tends to decrease the effect for N as compared to 1, is actually quite standard in the many-body physics of excitons - which also are twofermion states.
"Moth-eaten effect" driven by Pauli blocking, revealed for Cooper pairs
This shows that the ”moth-eaten” effect - derived in the dilute limit - seems to stay valid in the dense BCS regime, where pairs strongly overlap.
"Moth-eaten effect" driven by Pauli blocking, revealed for Cooper pairs