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gypsy moth Syllabification: gyp·sy moth
Pronunciation: /ˈjipsē ˌmôTH/ /ˈjipsē ˌmäTH/

Definition of gypsy moth in English:


A tussock moth having a brown male and larger white female. The caterpillar can be a serious pest of orchards and woodland.
  • Lymantria dispar, family Lymantriidae
Example sentences
  • Over the past 100 years, more than 20 biocontrol fly species have been released in Massachusetts for a variety of pests, including the browntail moth, the gypsy moth, and the Japanese beetle.
  • Other pests include gypsy moth caterpillars, gall midge, and scale.
  • The caterpillars of the gypsy moth are destructive defoliators that feed primarily on oak trees causing growth loss, crown dieback, and tree mortality.
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