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Cecropia moth

[si-kroh-pee-uh] /sɪˈkroʊ pi ə/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
1.
a large North American silkworm moth, Hyalophora cecropia, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of forest and other trees.
Also called Cecropia.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; < Neo-Latin Cecropia name of the genus, Latin: feminine of Cecropius pertaining to Cecrops, legendary ruler of Attica
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cecropia moth

/sɪˈkrəʊpɪə/
noun
1.
a large North American saturniid moth, Hyalophora (or Samia) cecropia, with brightly coloured wings and feathery antennae
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Latin Cecropius belonging to Cecrops
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Encyclopedia Article for cecropia

several species of tropical tree of the family Cecropiaceae common to the understory layer of disturbed forest habitats of Central and South America. It is easily recognized by its thin, white-ringed trunk and umbrella-like arrangement of large leaves at the branch tips. These extremely fast-growing trees are colonizers of forest gaps or clearings. They usually live about 30 years and grow to less than 18 metres (60 feet), producing a very soft wood in the process. Trees are either male or female, with the female producing nearly one million seeds every time it fruits. Flowers are very small and borne on elongated, hanging structures called catkins.

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