gypsy moth


noun

a moth, Porthetria dispar, introduced into the U.S. from Europe, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of shade and other trees.

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Origin of gypsy moth

First recorded in 1810–20
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Example sentences from the Web for gypsy moth

  • Into the orchard, for instance, had come the San José scale; into the wood-lot had crawled the gypsy-moth—human blunders!

    The Face of the Fields|Dallas Lore Sharp
  • There is, for example, a tendency on the part of the gypsy-moth caterpillar to destroy utterly the forests of the United States.

    By the Christmas Fire|Samuel McChord Crothers

British Dictionary definitions for gypsy moth

gypsy moth

noun

a variant spelling of gipsy moth
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