Definitions of moth

  1. typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A mote. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the butterflies; as, the luna moth; Io moth; hawk moth. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Any lepidopterous insect that feeds upon garments, grain, etc.; as, the clothes moth; grain moth; bee moth. See these terms under Clothes, Grain, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Any one of various other insects that destroy woolen and fur goods, etc., esp. the larvae of several species of beetles of the genera Dermestes and Anthrenus. Carpet moths are often the larvae of Anthrenus. See Carpet beetle, under Carpet, Dermestes, Anthrenus. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Anything which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Insects of the suborder Heterocera of the order LEPIDOPTERA. Medical Dictionary DB
  8. An insect which feeds upon cloth, fur, etc.; a four-winged insect somewhat like the butterfly, flying at night. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. 1. A lepidopterous insect, distinguished roughly from a butterfly by not having knobbed antennae, and by flying usually at dusk or at night. 2. Moth-patch. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  10. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Family of insects, like butterflies, but with pointed feet. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A nocturnal insect resembling a butterfiy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. An insect or larva that destroys woolen fabrics or furs. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Moth eaten. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. An insect, mostly noeturnal, akin to the butterfly; its caterpillar which hatches in yarn and garments, and often eats and destroys them; that which gradually and silently eats away or wastes anything. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. A winged insect of several species, somewhat like, and akin to the butterfly, generally seen in the twilight; a worm, the grub of a moth, that breeds in and consumes cloths, &c., laid up from the air; figuratively, that which gradually and silently consumes or eats away anything. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. By the Hebrew word we are certainly to understand some species of clothes-moth (tinea ). Reference to the destructive habits of the clothes-moth is made in ( Job 4:19 ; 13:28 ; Psalms 39:11 ) etc. (The moth is a well-known insect which in its caterpillar state is very destructive to woollen clothing, furs, etc. The egg of the moth, being deposited on the fur or cloth, produces a very small shining insect, which immediately forms a house for itself by cuttings from the cloth. It east away the nap, and finally ruins the fabric. There are more than 1500 species of moths. --McClintock and Strongs Cyclopedia.) biblestudytools.com
  18. Heb. 'ash, from a root meaning "to fall away," as moth-eaten garments fall to pieces ( Job 4:19 ; 13:28 ; Isaiah 50:9 ; 51:8 ; Hosea 5:12 ). Gr. ses, thus rendered in Matthew 6:19 Matthew 6:20 ; Luke 12:33 . Allusion is thus made to the destruction of clothing by the larvae of the clothes-moth. This is the only lepidopterous insect referred to in Scripture. biblestudytools.com
  19. (Also clothes-m.) small nocturnal lepidopterous insect breeding in cloth &c., on which its larva feeds, whence mothy a.; one of two great divisions of Lepidoptera including this, distinguished from butterflies by not having clubbed antennae; m.-eaten, destroyed by mm. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. Same as Chloasma. American pocket medical dictionary.
  21. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A lepidopterous insect, having antennae that taper regularly to a point; - that which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes anything. Cabinet Dictionary

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