a saturniid moth, Hemileuca maia, having delicate, grayish wings with a white band.
What’s The Difference Between “Discreet” And “Discrete”?This is another pair of homophones (words that sound alike but are different in meaning, spelling, or both) that can be very confusing. Discreet means that someone is showing respect and being reserved in their behavior or speech. Discrete means something quite different: “distinct, separate, unrelated.” Both words derive from the same Latin word discretus meaning “separated.” Until the 1700s, these words were each spelled …
They Call It Puppy Love And Other Animal-inspired PhrasesWe often attribute emotions and other human characteristics to animals. This is called anthropomorphism. Similarly, we also describe people using animal characteristics. You might, for example, say my teenage son “eats like a horse,” meaning he’s a growing boy and consumes a lot of food. This is called zoomorphism. Zoomorphism also includes assigning animal-like qualities to gods and inanimate objects. The term comes from the Greek …
Origin of buck moth
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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