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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Moth  \Moth\,  n.;  pl  {Moths}  (m[o^]thz).  [OE.  mothe,  AS 
  mo[eth][eth]e;  akin  to  D.  mot,  G.  motte,  Icel.  motti,  and 
  prob.  to  E.  mad  an  earthworm.  Cf  {Mad},  n.,  {Mawk}.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  nocturnal  lepidopterous  insect,  or  any  not 
  included  among  the  butterflies;  as  the  luna  moth;  Io 
  moth;  hawk  moth. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  lepidopterous  insect  that  feeds  upon 
  garments,  grain,  etc.;  as  the  clothes  moth;  grain  moth; 
  bee  moth.  See  these  terms  under  {Clothes},  {Grain},  etc 
 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  one  of  various  other  insects  that  destroy 
  woolen  and  fur  goods,  etc.,  esp.  the  larv[ae]  of  several 
  species  of  beetles  of  the  genera  {Dermestes}  and 
  {Anthrenus}.  Carpet  moths  are  often  the  larv[ae]  of 
  Anthrenus.  See  {Carpet  beetle},  under  {Carpet}, 
  {Dermestes},  {Anthrenus}. 
 
  4.  Anything  which  gradually  and  silently  eats,  consumes,  or 
  wastes  any  other  thing 
 
  {Moth  blight}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  plant  louse  of  the  genus 
  {Aleurodes},  and  related  genera.  They  are  injurious  to 
  various  plants. 
 
  {Moth  gnat}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  dipterous  insect  of  the  genus 
  {Bychoda},  having  fringed  wings. 
 
  {Moth  hunter}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  goatsucker. 
 
  {Moth  miller}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  clothes  moth.  See  {Miller},  3, 
  a  . 
 
  {Moth  mullein}  (Bot.),  a  common  herb  of  the  genus  {Verbascum} 
  ({V.  Blattaria}),  having  large  wheel-shaped  yellow  or 
  whitish  flowers. 




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