brown-tail

brown-tail moth

[broun-teyl]
noun
a white moth, Nygmia phaerrhoea, having a brown tuft at the end of the abdomen, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of various shade and fruit trees.
Also called browntail.


Origin:
1775–85

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brown-tail moth
 
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See also tussock moth a small brown-and-white European moth, Euproctis phaeorrhoea, naturalized in the eastern US where it causes damage to shade trees: family Lymantriidae (or Liparidae)

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