Moth miller
Moth Moth, n.; pl. {Moths} (m[o^]thz). [OE. mothe, AS. mo[eth][eth]e; akin to D. mot, G. motte, Icel. motti, and prob. to E. mad an earthworm. Cf. {Mad}, n., {Mawk}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the butterflies; as, the luna moth; Io moth; hawk moth. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any lepidopterous insect that feeds upon garments, grain, etc.; as, the clothes moth; grain moth; bee moth. See these terms under {Clothes}, {Grain}, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of various other insects that destroy woolen and fur goods, etc., esp. the larv[ae] of several species of beetles of the genera {Dermestes} and {Anthrenus}. Carpet moths are often the larv[ae] of {Anthrenus}. See {Carpet beetle}, under {Carpet}, {Dermestes}, {Anthrenus}. [1913 Webster]

4. Anything which gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing. [1913 Webster]

{Moth blight} (Zo["o]l.), any plant louse of the genus {Aleurodes}, and related genera. They are injurious to various plants.

{Moth gnat} (Zo["o]l.), a dipterous insect of the genus {Bychoda}, having fringed wings.

{Moth hunter} (Zo["o]l.), the goatsucker.

{Moth miller} (Zo["o]l.), a clothes moth. See {Miller}, 3, (a) .

{Moth mullein} (Bot.), a common herb of the genus {Verbascum} ({Verbascum Blattaria}), having large wheel-shaped yellow or whitish flowers. [1913 Webster]


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  • moth miller — Miller Mill er (m[i^]l [ e]r), n. 1. One who keeps or attends a flour mill or gristmill. [1913 Webster] 2. A milling machine. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A moth or lepidopterous insect; so called because the wings appear as if covered with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moth miller — noun any of various moths that have powdery wings • Syn: ↑miller • Hypernyms: ↑moth * * * noun : miller 2a …   Useful english dictionary

  • Moth — Moth, n.; pl. {Moths} (m[o^]thz). [OE. mothe, AS. mo[eth][eth]e; akin to D. mot, G. motte, Icel. motti, and prob. to E. mad an earthworm. Cf. {Mad}, n., {Mawk}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moth blight — Moth Moth, n.; pl. {Moths} (m[o^]thz). [OE. mothe, AS. mo[eth][eth]e; akin to D. mot, G. motte, Icel. motti, and prob. to E. mad an earthworm. Cf. {Mad}, n., {Mawk}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moth gnat — Moth Moth, n.; pl. {Moths} (m[o^]thz). [OE. mothe, AS. mo[eth][eth]e; akin to D. mot, G. motte, Icel. motti, and prob. to E. mad an earthworm. Cf. {Mad}, n., {Mawk}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moth hunter — Moth Moth, n.; pl. {Moths} (m[o^]thz). [OE. mothe, AS. mo[eth][eth]e; akin to D. mot, G. motte, Icel. motti, and prob. to E. mad an earthworm. Cf. {Mad}, n., {Mawk}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moth mullein — Moth Moth, n.; pl. {Moths} (m[o^]thz). [OE. mothe, AS. mo[eth][eth]e; akin to D. mot, G. motte, Icel. motti, and prob. to E. mad an earthworm. Cf. {Mad}, n., {Mawk}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Miller — Mill er (m[i^]l [ e]r), n. 1. One who keeps or attends a flour mill or gristmill. [1913 Webster] 2. A milling machine. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A moth or lepidopterous insect; so called because the wings appear as if covered with white… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Miller's thumb — Miller Mill er (m[i^]l [ e]r), n. 1. One who keeps or attends a flour mill or gristmill. [1913 Webster] 2. A milling machine. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A moth or lepidopterous insect; so called because the wings appear as if covered with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moth — /mawth, moth/, n., pl. moths /mawdhz, modhz, mawths, moths/. 1. any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, generally distinguished from the butterflies by having feathery antennae and by having crepuscular or nocturnal habits. 2. See… …   Universalium

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