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moth

[mawth, moth] /mɔθ, mɒθ/
noun, plural moths
[mawth z, moth z, mawths, moths] /mɔðz, mɒðz, mɔθs, mɒθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera, generally distinguished from the butterflies by having feathery antennae and by having crepuscular or nocturnal habits.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English motthe, Old English moththe; akin to German Motte, Old Norse motti
Related forms
demoth, verb (used with object)
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moth

/mɒθ/
noun
1.
any of numerous insects of the order Lepidoptera that typically have stout bodies with antennae of various shapes (but not clubbed), including large brightly coloured species, such as hawk moths, and small inconspicuous types, such as the clothes moths Compare butterfly (sense 1)
Word Origin
Old English moththe; compare Middle Dutch motte, Old Norse motti
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moth

n.

Old English moððe (Northumbrian mohðe), common Germanic (cf. Old Norse motti, Middle Dutch motte, Dutch mot, German Motte "moth"), perhaps related to Old English maða "maggot," or from the root of midge (q.v.). Until 16c. used mostly of the larva and usually in reference to devouring clothes (cf. Matt. vi:20).

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Heb. 'ash, from a root meaning "to fall away," as moth-eaten garments fall to pieces (Job 4:19; 13:28; Isa. 50:9; 51:8; Hos. 5:12). Gr. ses, thus rendered in Matt. 6:19, 20; Luke 12:33. Allusion is thus made to the destruction of clothing by the larvae of the clothes-moth. This is the only lepidopterous insect referred to in Scripture.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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