- any of several small moths of the family Tineidae, the larvae of which feed on wool, fur, etc., especially Tinea pellionella (casemaking clothes moth).
Origin of clothes moth
First recorded in 1745–55
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- any of various tineid moths, esp Tineola bisselliella, the larvae of which feed on wool or fur
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