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

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tussock moth — n. any of a family (Lymantriidae) of moths whose caterpillars are covered with long tufts of hair: many, as the gypsy moth, are destructive pests of certain trees …   English World dictionary

  • tussock moth — noun dull colored moth whose larvae have tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of many deciduous trees • Syn: ↑lymantriid • Hypernyms: ↑moth • Hyponyms: ↑gypsy moth, ↑gipsy moth, ↑Lymantria dispar, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • tussock moth — /ˈtʌsək mɒθ/ (say tusuhk moth) noun any of various dull coloured moths (family Lymantriidae), as the painted applemoth, whose larvae are notorious pests of broadleaved trees …   Australian English dictionary

  • tussock moth — Hemerocampa leukostigma …   Medical dictionary

  • 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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