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Cecropia moth

[ si-kroh-pee-uh ]

noun

, (sometimes lowercase)
  1. a large North American silkworm moth, Hyalophora cecropia, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of forest and other trees.


cecropia moth

/ sɪˈkrəʊpɪə /

noun

  1. a large North American saturniid moth, Hyalophora (or Samia ) cecropia, with brightly coloured wings and feathery antennae


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Cecropia moth1

1865–70, Americanism; < New Latin Cecropia name of the genus, Latin: feminine of Cecropius pertaining to Cecrops, legendary ruler of Attica
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Cecropia moth1

C19: New Latin, from Latin Cecropius belonging to Cecrops
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Example Sentences

A perfect specimen of a cecropia moth, for a perfect specimen of a luna or a death's-head moth.

Have you ever watched a cecropia moth when it crawls out of its dull gray prison of chrysalis?

She had not been there so very long before she noticed another Cecropia Moth near her, clinging to the under side of a leaf.

The Cecropia moth often measures five or six inches across—a veritable giant.

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