[ si-kroh-pee-uh ]
/ sɪˈkroʊ pi ə /
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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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
Also called Ce·cro·pi·a.
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British Dictionary definitions for cecropia moth
/ (sɪˈkrəʊpɪə) /
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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