Luna-moth

luna moth

noun
a large, pale-green, American moth, Actias luna, having purple-brown markings, lunate spots, and long tails.
Also, Luna moth.


Origin:
1850–55, Americanism

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luna moth
 
n
a large American saturniid moth, Tropaea (or Actias) luna, having light green wings with a yellow crescent-shaped marking on each forewing
 
[C19: so named from the markings on its wings]

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