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carpet moth

a clothes moth, Trichophaga tapetzella, the larvae of which infest carpets and other woolen articles.
Also called tapestry moth.
Origin of carpet moth
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Fur or Skin Moth works like the carpet moth: it makes itself a case of the same form, and constructs it in the same manner.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for carpet moth

carpet moth

any of several geometrid moths with black- (or brown-)and-white mottled wings
Word Origin
C19: so named from the patterns on their wings
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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