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luna moth

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noun

a large, pale-green, American moth, Actias luna, having purple-brown markings, lunate spots, and long tails.

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Origin of luna moth

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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luna moth

noun

a large American saturniid moth, Tropaea (or Actias) luna, having light green wings with a yellow crescent-shaped marking on each forewing

Word Origin for luna moth

C19: so named from the markings on its wings
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