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brown-tail moth

[broun-teyl] /ˈbraʊnˌteɪl/
a white moth, Nygmia phaerrhoea, having a brown tuft at the end of the abdomen, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of various shade and fruit trees.
Also called browntail.
Origin of brown-tail moth
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for brown-tail moth

brown-tail moth

a small brown-and-white European moth, Euproctis phaeorrhoea, naturalized in the eastern US where it causes damage to shade trees: family Lymantriidae (or Liparidae) See also tussock moth
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