Luna moth
Luna Lu"na, n. [L.; akin to lucere to shine. See {Light}, n., and cf. {Lune}.] 1. The moon. [1913 Webster]

2. (Alchemy) Silver. [1913 Webster]

{Luna cornea} (Old Chem.), horn silver, or fused silver chloride, a tough, brown, translucent mass; -- so called from its resemblance to horn.

{Luna moth} (Zo["o]l.), a very large and beautiful American moth ({Actias luna}). Its wings are delicate light green, with a stripe of purple along the front edge of the anterior wings, the other margins being edged with pale yellow. Each wing has a lunate spot surrounded by rings of light yellow, blue, and black. The caterpillar commonly feeds on the hickory, sassafras, and maple. [1913 Webster]


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  • luna moth — ☆ luna moth [lo͞o′nə ] n. a large, North American moth (Actias luna) with crescent marked, pastel green wings, the hind pair of which end in elongated tails …   English World dictionary

  • luna moth — a large, pale green, American moth, Actias luna, having purple brown markings, lunate spots, and long tails. Also, Luna moth. [1850 55, Amer.] * * * Species (Actias luna) of saturniid moth of eastern North America. Lunas are pale green and have a …   Universalium

  • luna moth — /ˈlunə mɒθ/ (say loohnuh moth) noun a large American moth, Tropaea luna, with light green colouration, purple brown markings, lunate spots, and long tails. Also, Luna moth …   Australian English dictionary

  • luna moth — noun Etymology: New Latin luna (specific epithet of Actias luna), from Latin, moon Date: 1869 a large mostly pale green American saturniid moth (Actias luna) with long tails on the hind wings …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • luna moth — noun a large North American moth having pale green wings with long tails and transparent eyespots bearing crescent shaped markings. [Actias luna.] Origin C19: from L. luna moon (from its markings) …   English new terms dictionary

  • luna moth — lu′na moth n. ent a pale green saturniid moth, Actias luna, with crescent spots and long tails on the hind wings • Etymology: 1850–55, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • luna moth — n. a N. American moth, Actias luna, with crescent shaped spots on its pale green wings. Etymology: L luna, = moon (from its markings) …   Useful english dictionary

  • luna moth — noun A large, green American moth, Actias luna, that has crescent shaped marks on its wings …   Wiktionary

  • Luna — is the Latin name of the Earth s Moon ( la. lūna) as well as the Roman moon goddess Luna. Luna may also refer to: Places ;Europe * Luna (Etruria), a city in ancient Etruria (now Italy) destroyed by the Arabs in 1016 * Luna, Cluj, Romania * Luna… …   Wikipedia

  • Luna — Lu na, n. [L.; akin to lucere to shine. See {Light}, n., and cf. {Lune}.] 1. The moon. [1913 Webster] 2. (Alchemy) Silver. [1913 Webster] {Luna cornea} (Old Chem.), horn silver, or fused silver chloride, a tough, brown, translucent mass; so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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