- any of various families of chiefly night-flying lepidopteran insects, similar to the butterflies but generally smaller, less brightly colored, and not having the antennae knobbed
- clothes moth
Origin of mothMiddle English motthe ; from Old English moththe, akin to German motte ; from Indo-European base an unverified form math-, gnawing vermin
nounpl. moths moths
- Any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, generally distinguished from butterflies by their nocturnal activity, hairlike or feathery antennae, stout bodies, and the frenulum that holds the front and back wings together.
- A clothes moth.
Origin of mothMiddle English motthe, from Old English moththe.
(third-person singular simple present moths, present participle mothing, simple past and past participle mothed)
- (intransitive) To hunt for moths.
(countable and uncountable, plural moths)
- The plant Vigna aconitifolia, moth bean.
From Hindi मोठ (moṭh)
- (dated) A liver spot, especially an irregular or feathery one.