tussock-moth

tussock moth

noun
any of several moths of the family Lymantriidae, the larvae of which have characteristic tufts of hair on the body and feed on the leaves of various deciduous trees.

Origin:
1820–30

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tussock moth
 
n
gipsy moth brown-tail moth See also goldtail moth any of various pale or dull-coloured moths of the family Lymantriidae (or Laparidae), the hairy caterpillars of which are pests of many trees
 
[C19: so named because of the tufts of hair on the caterpillars]

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