Moth definition

môth, mŏth
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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.
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A clothes moth.
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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.
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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.
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A usually nocturnal insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from butterflies by feather-like antennae.
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(intransitive) To hunt for moths.
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The plant Vigna aconitifolia, moth bean.
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(dated) A liver spot, especially an irregular or feathery one.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
moth
Plural:
moths

Origin of moth

  • Middle English motthe from Old English moththe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Germanic: from Old English moþþe, cognate with Dutch mot, German Motte.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Hindi मोठ (moṭh)

    From Wiktionary