moth

[ mawth, moth ]
/ mɔθ, mɒθ /

noun, plural moths [mawth z, moth z, mawths, moths] /mɔðz, mɒðz, mɔθs, mɒθs/.

any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, generally distinguished from the butterflies by having feathery antennae and by having crepuscular or nocturnal habits.

Nearby words

  1. motais operation,
  2. mote,
  3. mote spoon,
  4. motel,
  5. motet,
  6. moth bean,
  7. moth mullein,
  8. moth orchid,
  9. moth-eaten,
  10. mothball

Origin of moth

before 950; Middle English motthe, Old English moththe; akin to German Motte, Old Norse motti

Related formsde·moth, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for moth

moth

/ (mɒθ) /

noun

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 for moth

Old English moththe; compare Middle Dutch motte, Old Norse motti

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Word Origin and History for moth

moth

n.

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).

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