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luna moth

or Luna moth

noun
1.
a large, pale-green, American moth, Actias luna, having purple-brown markings, lunate spots, and long tails.
Origin of luna moth
1850-1855
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55
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British Dictionary definitions for luna moth

luna moth

noun
1.
a large American saturniid moth, Tropaea (or Actias) luna, having light green wings with a yellow crescent-shaped marking on each forewing
Word Origin
C19: so named from the markings on its wings
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