clothes moth
noun Date: 1753 any of several small yellowish or buff-colored moths (especially Tinea pellionella and Tineola bisselliella of the family Tineidae) whose larvae eat wool, fur, or feathers

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  • Clothes moth — Clothes Clothes (kl[=o][th]z or kl[=o]z; 277), n. pl. [From {Cloth}.] 1. Covering for the human body; dress; vestments; vesture; a general term for whatever covering is worn, or is made to be worn, for decency or comfort. [1913 Webster] She …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clothes moth — clothes′ moth n. ent any of several small moths of the family Tineidae, the larvae of which feed on wool, fur, etc …   From formal English to slang

  • clothes moth — n. any of a family (Tineidae) of small moths that lay their eggs in articles of wool, fur, etc. upon which the hatched larvae feed …   English World dictionary

  • clothes moth — noun any of several small yellowish or buff colored moths whose larvae eat organic matter e.g. woolens • Hypernyms: ↑tineid, ↑tineid moth • Hyponyms: ↑casemaking clothes moth, ↑Tinea pellionella, ↑webbing clothes moth, ↑webbing moth, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • clothes moth — any of several small moths of the family Tineidae, the larvae of which feed on wool, fur, etc., esp. Tinea pellionella (casemaking clothes moth). [1745 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • clothes moth — type of moth whose larvae eat wool or fur …   English contemporary dictionary

  • clothes moth — noun a small drab moth whose larvae can be destructive to textile fibres. [Tineola biselliella and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • clothes moth — /ˈkloʊðz mɒθ/ (say klohdhz moth) noun any of certain small moths whose larvae feed on wool, fur, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • clothes moth — noun An insect of the family Tineidae, feeding on textiles …   Wiktionary

  • clothes-moth — …   Useful english dictionary

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