any moth of the family Cossidae, as Prionoxystus robiniae of the U.S. and southern Canada, whose larvae bore into the trunks and branches of oaks, locusts, and other trees.
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Also called carpenter moth.
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British Dictionary definitions for carpenter moth
any of various large moths of the family Cossidae, the larvae of which bore beneath and cause damage to tree bark
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