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wax moth

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noun
  1. bee moth.
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Origin of wax moth

First recorded in 1760–70
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Historical Examples

  • "You speak truth for once," the Queen said suddenly, for she recognized the Wax-moth.

    Actions and Reactions

    Rudyard Kipling

  • "Quite between ourselves, I taught them that," cried the Wax-moth.

    Actions and Reactions

    Rudyard Kipling

  • But the great question in bee-culture is, How to prevent the depredation of the wax-moth?

    Soil Culture

    J. H. Walden

  • Laying at every sob, the Wax-moth backed into a crowd of young bees, and left Melissa bewildered and annoyed.

    Actions and Reactions

    Rudyard Kipling

  • The little grey Wax-moth, pressed close in a crack in the alighting-board, had waited this chance all day.

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    Rudyard Kipling


British Dictionary definitions for wax moth

wax moth

noun
  1. a brown pyralid moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which feed on the combs of beehivesAlso called: honeycomb moth, bee moth
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