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moth

[mawth, moth]
noun, plural moths [mawthz, mothz, mawths, moths] .
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:
before 950; Middle English motthe, Old English moththe; akin to German Motte, Old Norse motti

demoth, verb (used with object)
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moth (mɒθ)
 
n
Compare butterfly 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
 
[Old English moththe; compare Middle Dutch motte, Old Norse motti]

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moth
O.E. moððe (Northumbrian mohðe), common Gmc. (cf. O.N. motti, M.Du. motte, Ger. Motte "moth"), perhaps related to O.E. maða "maggot," or from the root of midge (q.v.). Until 16c. used mostly of the larva, usually in reference to devouring clothes (cf. Matt. vi.20).
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Moth definition


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.

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