wax moth
noun Date: 1766 a dull brownish or ashen pyralid moth (Galleria mellonella) with a larva that feeds on the honeycomb wax of bees

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  • Wax moth — Wax Wax, n. [AS. weax; akin to OFries. wax, D. was, G. wachs, OHG. wahs, Icel. & Sw. vax, Dan. vox, Lith. vaszkas, Russ. vosk .] [1913 Webster] 1. A fatty, solid substance, produced by bees, and employed by them in the construction of their comb; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wax moth — wax′ moth n. ent bee moth • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • wax moth — noun moth whose larvae live in and feed on bee honeycombs • Syn: ↑bee moth, ↑Galleria mellonella • Hypernyms: ↑pyralid, ↑pyralid moth • Member Holonyms: ↑Galleria, ↑genus Galleria …   Useful english dictionary

  • wax moth — /ˈwæks mɒθ/ (say waks moth) noun → bee moth …   Australian English dictionary

  • wax moth. — See bee moth. [1760 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • wax moth — noun a brownish moth whose larvae live in beehives, feeding on beeswax. [Galleria mellonella and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • wax-moth — n. Bee moth …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • wax moth. — See bee moth. [1760 70] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lesser wax moth — Adult specimen Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • lesser wax moth — noun see wax moth …   Useful english dictionary

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