carpet-moth

carpet moth

noun
a clothes moth, Trichophaga tapetzella, the larvae of which infest carpets and other woolen articles.
Also called tapestry moth.


Origin:
1855–60

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carpet moth
 
n
any of several geometrid moths with black- (or brown-)and-white mottled wings
 
[C19: so named from the patterns on their wings]

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