Try Our Apps


Blech. These are the grossest words.

gypsy moth

a moth, Porthetria dispar, introduced into the U.S. from Europe, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of shade and other trees.
Origin of gypsy moth
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for gypsy moth
Historical Examples
  • Cat-birds, cuckoos and orioles are very important enemies of gypsy moth.

  • Already the gypsy moth in the East is being fought in this way.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • Some years ago the gypsy moth and the browntail moth were introduced by accident into the New England states.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • The gypsy moth, which did no great harm in its European home, was brought to this country and accidentally set free.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • The gypsy moth spread with alarming rapidity and persistence.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
British Dictionary definitions for gypsy moth

gypsy moth

a variant spelling of gipsy moth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gypsy moth

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gypsy

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for gypsy moth