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wax moth

noun
1.
Origin of wax moth
1760-1770
1760-70
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  • The little grey wax-moth, pressed close in a crack in the alighting-board, had waited this chance all day.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • "Quite between ourselves, I taught them that," cried the wax-moth.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • "You speak truth for once," the Queen said suddenly, for she recognized the wax-moth.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • But the great question in bee-culture is, How to prevent the depredation of the wax-moth?

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • One would imagine the moth to be an enemy of no consequence, but the wax-moth (Tinea mellonella) is a most formidable enemy.

  • Laying at every sob, the wax-moth backed into a crowd of young bees, and left Melissa bewildered and annoyed.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • The wax-moth caressed Melissa with her soft feelers and laid another egg.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • The wax-moth tripped towards the fourth brood-frame where the young bees were busy feeding the babies.

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British Dictionary definitions for wax-moth

wax moth

noun
1.
a brown pyralid moth, Galleria mellonella, the larvae of which feed on the combs of beehives Also called honeycomb moth, bee moth
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