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Definition of Moth


  1. A mote.
  2. Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the butterflies; as, the luna moth; Io moth; hawk moth.
  3. Any lepidopterous insect that feeds upon garments, grain, etc.; as, the clothes moth; grain moth; bee moth. See these terms under Clothes, Grain, etc.
  4. Any one of various other insects that destroy woolen and fur goods, etc., esp. the larvae of several species of beetles of the genera Dermestes and Anthrenus. Carpet moths are often the larvae of Anthrenus. See Carpet beetle, under Carpet, Dermestes, Anthrenus.
  5. Anything which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing.

Moth Quotations

Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what's in a name?
Helen Hunt Jackson

Between our birth and death we may touch understanding, As a moth brushes a window with its wing.
Christopher Fry

There was a moth in there, and it still had its wings crumpled up, and it was just starting to pump its wings up. Life continues in lots of places, and life is a magical thing.
Laurel Clark

The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.
Paula Poundstone

I like the 'Moth' podcast a lot. I listen to that.
Gillian Jacobs
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Moth Translations

moth in Afrikaans is nagvlinder, mot
moth in Dutch is uiltje, uil, nachtvlinder
moth in German is Motte
moth in Spanish is polilla
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