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 Dictionary entry overview: What does moth mean? 

MOTH (noun)
  The noun MOTH has 1 sense:

1. typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae

  Familiarity information: MOTH used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

MOTH (noun)

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Typically crepuscular or nocturnal insect having a stout body and feathery or hairlike antennae

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Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("moth" is a kind of...):

lepidopteran; lepidopteron; lepidopterous insect (insect that in the adult state has four wings more or less covered with tiny scales)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "moth"):

miller; moth miller (any of various moths that have powdery wings)

lasiocampid; lasiocampid moth (medium-sized stout-bodied neutral-colored moths with comb-like antennae)

arctiid; arctiid moth (stout-bodied broad-winged moth with conspicuously striped or spotted wings; larvae are hairy caterpillars)

saturniid; saturniid moth (large brightly colored and usually tropical moth; larvae spin silken cocoons)

bombycid; bombycid moth; silkworm moth (moderate-sized Asiatic moth whose larvae feed on mulberry leaves and produce silk)

hawk moth; hawkmoth; hummingbird moth; sphingid; sphinx moth (any of various moths with long narrow forewings capable of powerful flight and hovering over flowers to feed)

noctuid; noctuid moth; owlet moth (usually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests)

gelechiid; gelechiid moth (small slender-winged moths whose larvae are agricultural pests)

tineoid; tineoid moth (small dull-colored moth with chewing mouthparts)

pyralid; pyralid moth (usually tropical slender-bodied long-legged moth whose larvae are crop pests)

geometrid; geometrid moth (slender-bodied broad-winged moth whose larvae are called measuring worms)

lymantriid; tussock moth (dull-colored moth whose larvae have tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of many deciduous trees)

tortricid; tortricid moth (any of numerous small moths having lightly fringed wings; larvae are leaf rollers or live in fruits and galls)

Malacosoma americana; tent-caterpillar moth (moth whose larvae are tent caterpillars)

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