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Cecropia moth

[ si-kroh-pee-uh ]
/ sɪˈkroʊ pi ə /
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noun (sometimes lowercase)
a large North American silkworm moth, Hyalophora cecropia, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of forest and other trees.
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Also called Ce·cro·pi·a.

Origin of Cecropia moth

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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British Dictionary definitions for Cecropia moth

cecropia moth
/ (sɪˈkrəʊpɪə) /

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

Word Origin for cecropia moth

C19: New Latin, from Latin Cecropius belonging to Cecrops
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