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gypsy moth

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
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Into the orchard, for instance, had come the San José scale; into the wood-lot had crawled the gypsy-moth—human blunders!

    The Face of the Fields Dallas Lore Sharp
  • There is, for example, a tendency on the part of the gypsy-moth caterpillar to destroy utterly the forests of the United States.

    By the Christmas Fire Samuel McChord Crothers
British Dictionary definitions for gypsy-moth

gypsy moth

a variant spelling of gipsy moth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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