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tussock moth

  1. any of several moths of the family Lymantriidae, the larvae of which have characteristic tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of various deciduous trees.
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Origin of tussock moth

First recorded in 1820–30
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Historical Examples

  • As outdoor work, look for the egg masses on trees and fences and devise means of combating the tussock-moth.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study

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British Dictionary definitions for tussock moth

tussock moth

  1. any of various pale or dull-coloured moths of the family Lymantriidae (or Laparidae), the hairy caterpillars of which are pests of many treesSee also gipsy moth, brown-tail moth, goldtail moth
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Word Origin

C19: so named because of the tufts of hair on the caterpillars
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