diamondback moth
noun Date: 1891 a nearly cosmopolitan moth (Plutella xylostella of the family Plutellidae) whose larva is a pest on cruciferous plants

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  • Diamondback moth — may also refer to the ermine moth genus Scythropia. Diamondback moth Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • diamondback moth — a moth, Plutella maculipennis, having brownish wings marked with diamond shaped, yellow spots in the male, the larvae of which feed on the leaves of cabbages and other cruciferous plants. Also called cabbage moth. * * * ▪ insect       species of… …   Universalium

  • diamondback moth — /daɪməndbæk ˈmɒθ/ (say duymuhndbak moth) noun a moth, Plutella maculipennis, the male of which has diamond shaped yellow spots on the wing; the larvae breed on leaves of Cruciferae and are therefore a major pest …   Australian English dictionary

  • diamondback moth — noun : a nearly cosmopolitan moth (Plutella xylostella) of European origin whose larva is a pest on cruciferous crops called also cabbage moth …   Useful english dictionary

  • Diamondback — may refer to: Diamondback Bicycles, a division of Raleigh Bicycle Company Crotalus atrox, the western diamondback rattlesnake Crotalus adamanteus, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake Diamondback water snake, a common species of water snake in… …   Wikipedia

  • Moth — For other uses, see Moth (disambiguation) and Moths (disambiguation). Moths Emperor Gum Moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • diamondback — /duy meuhnd bak , duy euh /, adj. 1. bearing diamond shaped marks, designs, or configurations on the back. n. 2. See diamondback rattlesnake. 3. See diamondback terrapin. 4. See diamondback moth. [1810 20; DIAMOND + BACK1] * * * …   Universalium

  • diamondback — n. animal having diamond shaped markings on its back (diamondback snake, diamondback terrapin, diamondback moth) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • diamondback — [dīm əndbak΄, dī ə məndbak΄] adj. having diamond shaped markings on the back n. ☆ 1. a large, poisonous rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) with diamond shaped markings on its back, native to the S U.S.: see RATTLESNAKE ☆ 2. an edible turtle… …   English World dictionary

  • diamondback — moth; rattlesnake; terrapin …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

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