Tussock moth
Tussock Tus"sock, n. [From {Tuz}.] [Written also {tussuck}.] 1. A tuft, as of grass, twigs, hair, or the like; especially, a dense tuft or bunch of grass or sedge. [1913 Webster]

Such laying of the hair in tussocks and tufts. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) Same as {Tussock grass}, below. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A caterpillar of any one of numerous species of bombycid moths. The body of these caterpillars is covered with hairs which form long tufts or brushes. Some species are very injurious to shade and fruit trees. Called also {tussock caterpillar}. See {Orgyia}. [1913 Webster]

{Tussock grass}. (Bot.) (a) A tall, strong grass of the genus {Dactylis} ({Dactylis c[ae]spitosa}), valuable for fodder, introduced into Scotland from the Falkland Islands. (b) A tufted grass ({Aira c[ae]spitosa}). (c) Any kind of sedge ({Carex}) which forms dense tufts in a wet meadow or boggy place.

{Tussock moth} (Zo["o]l.), the imago of any tussock caterpillar. They belong to {Orgyia}, {Halecidota}, and allied genera. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tussock moth — 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. [1820 30] * * * Typical member of the small European and New World lepidopteran… …   Universalium

  • tussock moth — noun a woodland moth whose adults and brightly coloured caterpillars both bear tufts of irritant hairs. [Family Lymantriidae: many species.] …   English new terms dictionary

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  • tussock moth — noun Date: 1826 any of numerous dull colored moths (family Lymantriidae) that usually have wingless females and larvae with long tufts of hair …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Western tussock moth — Male Pair of mature caterpillars, early May …   Wikipedia

  • white-marked tussock moth — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : a tussock moth (Hemerocampa leucostigma) having larvae that sometimes defoliate various shade and fruit trees …   Useful english dictionary

  • douglas-fir tussock moth — noun Usage: usually capitalized D : a dull colored moth (Hemerocampa pseudotsugata) with a red spotted hairy larva that feeds on and may seriously defoliate Douglas fir and sometimes other firs …   Useful english dictionary

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