house moth


noun

either of two species of micro moth, esp the brown house moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella) which, although it usually inhabits birds' nests, sometimes enters houses where its larvae can be very destructive of stored fabrics and foodstuffs

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Example sentences from the Web for house moth

  • Well, sir, I peppered him and Keatinged him just as though he was a house-moth.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia|Mabel Barnes-Grundy