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  1. Also called tor·trix [tawr-triks] /ˈtɔr trɪks/. any of numerous moths of the family Tortricidae, comprising the leaf rollers, having broad, squarish, slightly fringed wings.
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  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Tortricidae.
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Origin of tortricid

< New Latin Tortricidae (1829), equivalent to Tortric-, stem of Tortrix a genus (Latin tor(quēre) to twist, wind, wrap + -trīx -trix) + -idae -id2
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Historical Examples

  • The smaller specimens, such as the Tortricid and Phycitid and Tineid should be "boxed" in the pillboxes provided for this purpose.

    Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting

    William T. Hornaday

  • The antics of “jumping-beans” are due to the movements of tortricid caterpillars within the substance of the seed.

  • These caterpillars belong to several species of the tortricid moths, which are themselves comparatively small and drab in colour.

  • Tortrix, tor′triks, n. the typical genus of Tortricid, a family of small lepidopterous insects.

British Dictionary definitions for tortricid


  1. any small moth of the chiefly temperate family Tortricidae, the larvae of which live concealed in leaves, which they roll or tie together, and are pests of fruit and forest trees: includes the codling moth
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  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the family Tortricidae
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Tortrīcidae, from tortrix, feminine of tortor, literally: twister, referring to the leaf-rolling of the larvae, from torquēre to twist
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