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luna moth

Syllabification: lu·na moth
Pronunciation: /ˈlo͞onə ˌmôTH
 
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Definition of luna moth in English:

noun

A very large North American moth that has pale green wings with long tails and transparent eyespots bearing crescent-shaped markings.
  • Actias luna, family Saturniidae
Example sentences
  • It's not glamorous, but I must say that if I had to metamorphose into an insect, I could have done far worse, such as a meal-worm or one of those creepy luna moths.
  • Particularly fascinating for Cooper was that each grouping - luna moths pinned in neat rows, elephant skulls all in a line, a jumble of sharks in a jar of alcohol - was a constant reminder of nature's endless variation.
  • The poem's title arises from its final, extraordinary image of a female luna moth hanging in foliage outside a country church (presumably the Honey Creek Meeting House).

Origin

late 19th century: luna from Latin luna 'moon' (from its markings).

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