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[mawth, moth] /mɔθ, mɒθ/
noun, plural moths
[mawth z, moth z, mawths, moths] /mɔðz, mɒðz, mɔθs, mɒθs/ (Show IPA)
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 of moth
before 950; Middle English motthe, Old English moththe; akin to German Motte, Old Norse motti
Related forms
demoth, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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  • The mature larva forms a pupa and transforms into the adult insect which is a gray to brown colored moth with a one inch wingspan.
  • Maybe he ran out of people he liked enough to give them a moth.
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  • She also coined the term debug was when she found the cause of an error that was actually a moth stuck in the machine.
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  • Read about how one kind of moth avoids becoming a spider's dinner.
  • The caterpillar will become a butterfly or moth later in its life cycle.
  • But one type of moth can stand its ground when it's near this predator.
British Dictionary definitions for moth


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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Word Origin and History for moth

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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moth in the Bible

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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