- 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.
Origin of tussock moth
First recorded in 1820–30
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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
Ontario Ministry of Education
C19: so named because of the tufts of hair on the caterpillars