gypsy moth

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

Origin of gypsy moth

First recorded in 1810–20

Words Nearby gypsy moth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gypsy moth in a sentence

  • Already the gypsy moth in the East is being fought in this way.

    The Spell of the Rockies | Enos A. Mills
  • 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
  • Fortunately the caterpillar of the terribly destructive gypsy moth is another favourite dainty.

  • Cat-birds, cuckoos and orioles are very important enemies of gypsy moth.

  • The gypsy moth, which did no great harm in its European home, was brought to this country and accidentally set free.

    Conservation Reader | Harold W. Fairbanks

British Dictionary definitions for gypsy moth

gypsy moth

  1. a variant spelling of gipsy moth

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