Io moth
Io moth I"o moth` (?; 115). (Zo["o]l.) A large and handsome American moth ({Hyperchiria Io}), having a large, bright-colored spot on each hind wing, resembling the spots on the tail of a peacock. The larva is covered with prickly hairs, which sting like nettles. [1913 Webster]

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  • io moth — ☆ io moth [ī′ō ] n. a large, yellowish, North American moth (Automeris io) with an eyelike spot on each hind wing: its caterpillar has poisonous, stinging hairs …   English World dictionary

  • Io moth — I′o moth n. ent a large North American moth, Automeris io, with an eyespot on each hind wing • Etymology: 1865–70; after Io …   From formal English to slang

  • Io moth — /ˈaɪoʊ mɒθ/ (say uyoh moth) noun a showy and beautiful moth of North America, Automeris io, of yellow colouration, with prominent pink and bluish eyespots on the hind wings. {from Io1, who was tormented by a gadfly; in allusion to the sting of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • io moth — noun large yellow American moth having a large eyelike spot on each hind wing; the larvae have stinging spines • Syn: ↑Automeris io • Hypernyms: ↑saturniid, ↑saturniid moth • Member Holonyms: ↑Automeris, ↑genus Automeris …   Useful english dictionary

  • Io moth — noun Etymology: Latin Io Date: 1870 a chiefly North American saturniid moth (Automeris io) having a large circular eyelike spot on the upper surface of each hind wing and a green larva with stinging spines …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Io moth — a showy, yellow moth, Automeris io, of North America, having a prominent pink and bluish eyespot on each hind wing. [1865 70; named after Io] * * * …   Universalium

  • io moth — noun A large yellow moth, Automeris io, found in North America …   Wiktionary

  • io moth — Automeris io …   Medical 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

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