gypsy moth
noun Date: 1819 an Old World tussock moth (Lymantria dispar) that was introduced about 1869 into the United States and has a grayish-brown mottled hairy caterpillar which is a destructive defoliator of many trees

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  • Gypsy moth — Gyp sy moth, or Gipsy moth Gip sy moth . A tussock moth ({Lymantria dispar} or {Porthetria dispar} or {Ocneria dispar}) native of the Old World, but accidentally introduced into eastern Massachusetts about 1869, where its caterpillars have done… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gypsy moth — n. a European moth (Lymantria dispar), brownish (males) or whitish (females), now common in the E U.S.: its larvae feed on leaves, doing much damage to forest and shade trees …   English World dictionary

  • gypsy moth — см. Приложение 1 (Lymantria dispar). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • gypsy moth — gypsy moth. См. непарный шелкопряд. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Gypsy moth — This article is about the insect. For other uses, see Gypsy moth (disambiguation). Gypsy Moth Mounted Male …   Wikipedia

  • gypsy moth — a moth, Porthetria dispar, introduced into the U.S. from Europe, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of shade and other trees. [1810 20] * * * Species (Lymantria dispar) of tussock moth, a serious pest of trees. The European strain was… …   Universalium

  • gypsy moth — noun European moth introduced into North America; a serious pest of shade trees • Syn: ↑gipsy moth, ↑Lymantria dispar • Hypernyms: ↑lymantriid, ↑tussock moth • Member Holonyms: ↑Lymantria, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • gypsy moth — /ˈdʒɪpsi mɒθ/ (say jipsee moth) noun 1. a moth, Lymantria dispar, whose caterpillar is destructive to trees. 2. (upper case) a type of biplane. Also, gipsy moth …   Australian English dictionary

  • gypsy moth — gyp′sy moth n. ent a moth, Porthetria dispar, introduced into the U.S. from Europe, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of trees …   From formal English to slang

  • gypsy moth — noun Lymantria dispar, a species of moth …   Wiktionary

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