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tussock moth

any of several moths of the family Lymantriidae, the larvae of which have characteristic tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of various deciduous trees.
Origin of tussock moth
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
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  • Among these pests, the most important to the dweller in a large city is the tussock moth, which destroys our shade trees.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for tussock moth

tussock moth

any of various pale or dull-coloured moths of the family Lymantriidae (or Laparidae), the hairy caterpillars of which are pests of many trees See also gipsy moth, brown-tail moth, goldtail moth
Word Origin
C19: so named because of the tufts of hair on the caterpillars
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