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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
First recorded in 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Already the gypsy moth in the East is being fought in this way.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • The gypsy moth spread with alarming rapidity and persistence.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Cat-birds, cuckoos and orioles are very important enemies of gypsy moth.

  • 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
  • Some years ago the gypsy moth and the browntail moth were introduced by accident into the New England states.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
British Dictionary definitions for gypsy moth

gypsy moth

a variant spelling of gipsy moth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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