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clothes moth

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noun
  1. any of several small moths of the family Tineidae, the larvae of which feed on wool, fur, etc., especially Tinea pellionella (casemaking clothes moth).
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Origin of clothes moth

First recorded in 1745–55
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  • One of the most useful to us is that which destroys the clothes-moth, which the same writer also traced.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)

    William Kirby


British Dictionary definitions for clothes moth

clothes moth

noun
  1. any of various tineid moths, esp Tineola bisselliella, the larvae of which feed on wool or fur
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