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tussock moth

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.
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1820-30 Unabridged
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tussock 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 See also gipsy moth, brown-tail moth, goldtail moth
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C19: so named because of the tufts of hair on the caterpillars
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