carpet moth


noun

a clothes moth, Trichophaga tapetzella, the larvae of which infest carpets and other woolen articles.

Nearby words

  1. carpet beetle,
  2. carpet bombing,
  3. carpet bowling,
  4. carpet grass,
  5. carpet knight,
  6. carpet plot,
  7. carpet shark,
  8. carpet slipper,
  9. carpet snake,
  10. carpet sweeper

Origin of carpet moth

First recorded in 1855–60

Also called tapestry moth.

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British Dictionary definitions for carpet moth

carpet moth

noun

any of several geometrid moths with black- (or brown-)and-white mottled wings

Word Origin for carpet moth

C19: so named from the patterns on their wings

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