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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 of Cecropia moth
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; < New Latin Cecropia name of the genus, Latin: feminine of Cecropius pertaining to Cecrops, legendary ruler of Attica
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  • A perfect specimen of a Cecropia moth, for a perfect specimen of a luna or a death's-head moth.

  • The Cecropia moth often measures five or six inches across—a veritable giant.

  • Have you ever watched a Cecropia moth when it crawls out of its dull gray prison of chrysalis?

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British Dictionary definitions for Cecropia moth

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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