- any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, generally distinguished from the butterflies by having feathery antennae and by having crepuscular or nocturnal habits.
- clothes moth.
Origin of moth
Examples from the Web for moth
Harvests perished like a moth that is singed in a candle-flame.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
She had been to an orph—to a place once with Moth—with Her and seen the aprons herself.The Very Small Person
Annie Hamilton Donnell
Her mood was all obsessed now with the conviction that this was the end to her life of a moth.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
The moth of this destructive caterpillar is called Leucania unipuncta.
I have told you often how the palace in Florence is shabby, eaten up with moth and rust.Olive in Italy
- any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera that typically have stout bodies with antennae of various shapes (but not clubbed), including large brightly coloured species, such as hawk moths, and small inconspicuous types, such as the clothes mothsCompare butterfly (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for moth
Old English moððe (Northumbrian mohðe), common Germanic (cf. Old Norse motti, Middle Dutch motte, Dutch mot, German Motte "moth"), perhaps related to Old English maða "maggot," or from the root of midge (q.v.). Until 16c. used mostly of the larva and usually in reference to devouring clothes (cf. Matt. vi:20).