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tussock moth

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noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for tussock moth

tussock moth

noun
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

Word Origin for tussock moth

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