noun (plural moths /môT͟Hz, môTHs/)
1A chiefly nocturnal insect related to the butterflies. It lacks the clubbed antennae of butterflies and typically has a stout body, drab coloration, and wings that fold flat when resting.
- Most superfamilies of the order Lepidoptera. Formerly placed in a grouping known as the Heterocera
More example sentences
- 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.
Old English moththe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch mot and German Motte.
like a moth to the flame
- With an irresistible attraction for someone or something: wealthy amateurs who have been attracted like moths to the glittering flames of showbizMore example sentences
- 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.
Definition of moth in:
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