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bee moth

a brownish pyralid moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which feed on the honeycombs in beehives.
Also called wax moth.
Origin of bee moth
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Nuova thought her fate was to be that of bee moth's, and it really seemed so for a moment.

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  • But why didn't you shout out about the bee moth when you first saw her?

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British Dictionary definitions for bee moth

bee moth

any of various pyralid moths, such as the wax moth, whose larvae live in the nests of bees or wasps, feeding on nest materials and host larvae
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