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carpet moth

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  1. a clothes moth, Trichophaga tapetzella, the larvae of which infest carpets and other woolen articles.

Origin of carpet moth

First recorded in 1855–60
Also called tapestry moth.
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British Dictionary definitions for carpet moth

carpet moth

  1. any of several geometrid moths with black- (or brown-)and-white mottled wings

Word Origin

C19: so named from the patterns on their wings
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