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gypsy moth

noun
1.
a moth, Porthetria dispar, introduced into the U.S. from Europe, the larvae of which feed on the foliage of shade and other trees.
Origin of gypsy moth
1810-1820
1810-20
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  • Cat-birds, cuckoos and orioles are very important enemies of gypsy moth.

  • Already the gypsy moth in the East is being fought in this way.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • Some years ago the gypsy moth and the browntail moth were introduced by accident into the New England states.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • The gypsy moth, which did no great harm in its European home, was brought to this country and accidentally set free.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • The gypsy moth spread with alarming rapidity and persistence.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
British Dictionary definitions for gypsy moth

gypsy moth

noun
1.
a variant spelling of gipsy moth
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