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clothes moth

any of several small moths of the family Tineidae, the larvae of which feed on wool, fur, etc., especially Tinea pellionella (casemaking clothes moth)
Origin of clothes moth
1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is closely related to the clothes moth and, like the moth, bores in its larval stage, feeding on the mesophyl of the leaves.

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  • Successive broods of the clothes moth appear through the summer.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • The larv of the clothes moth do an immense amount of damage, especially to stored clothing.

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British Dictionary definitions for clothes moth

clothes moth

any of various tineid moths, esp Tineola bisselliella, the larvae of which feed on wool or fur
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