Definition of brown-tail in English:

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brown-tail

Pronunciation: /ˈbrounˌtāl/
(also brown-tail moth)

noun

A white European moth that has a brown tip on the abdomen and is a pest of tree foliage in several areas, including North America. The caterpillars live communally in web tents and bear irritant hairs that can produce an allergic reaction.
  • Euproctis chrysorrhoea, family Lymantriidae.
Example sentences
  • Scientists hope the virus can kill at least 80 percent of the brown-tail moth population in the state.
  • These caterpillars of the brown-tail moth are noted for their poisonous hairs, which can cause a rash on contact with skin.
  • Gypsy moth caterpillars defoliate trees, bitter-sweet vines strangle native trees, and brown-tail moths pose threats both to trees and human health.

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Syllabification: brown-tail

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