Definition of moth in English:

moth

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Pronunciation: /mɒθ
 
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noun

  • 1An insect with two pairs of broad wings covered in microscopic scales, typically drably coloured and held flat when at rest. Moths are chiefly nocturnal, and lack the clubbed antennae of butterflies.
    • Most superfamilies of the order Lepidoptera. Formerly placed in a grouping known as the Heterocera
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    • Bats and nocturnal moths take to the wing, while butterflies settle and flowers begin to close their petals.
    • This is a bacterium that is only harmful to Lepidoptera - butterflies and moths.
    • Butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, cardinals, bluejays and more visited our gardens.
  • 1.1 informal A clothes moth.
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    • These are the herbs that were used in medieval times to deter moths and fleas from clothing and people.
    • Damage from moths, mildew or vermin is also not covered, so if the rats eat your clothes, tough luck Charlie.

Phrases

like a moth to the flame

With an irresistible attraction for someone or something: he drew women to him like moths to the flame
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  • He argued that as the British and Irish governments were transfixed by the peace process like a moth to the flame, the Sinn Fein leadership, playing by its own rules, benefited from the permanent instability.
  • But (and here is the contradiction) simply by hating it, I am drawn to it like a moth to the flame.
  • She felt like a moth to the flame, knowing that the more time she spent with him, the more battered her world would become.

Origin

Old English moththe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch mot and German Motte.

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