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potato moth


noun

a gelechiid moth, Phthorimaea operculella, the larvae of which feed on the leaves and bore into the tubers of potatoes and other solanaceous plants.

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Nearby words

potato chip, potato crisp, potato eaters, the, potato famine, irish, potato leafhopper, potato moth, potato psyllid, potato race, potato tuberworm, potato vine, potato worm

Origin of potato moth

First recorded in 1890–95
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