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- gnawed away in patches by moth larvae: said as of cloth
- decayed or decrepit in appearance; worn-out
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Eaten away by moth larvae.
- Old and timeworn: a moth-eaten phrase.
- Shabby; decrepit.