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a moth (1)

Etymology 1[edit]

Germanic: from Old English moþþe, cognate with Dutch mot, German Motte.


Singular: moth

Plural: moths


moth (plural moths)

  1. A usually nocturnal insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from butterflies by feather-like antennae.
    • 2013 May-June, William E. Conner, “An Acoustic Arms Race”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 206-7: 
      Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.
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moth (third-person singular simple present moths, present participle mothing, simple past and past participle mothed)

  1. (intransitive) To hunt for moths.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Hindi मोठ (moṭh)

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moth (countable and uncountable, plural moths)

  1. The plant Vigna aconitifolia, moth bean.

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moth (plural moths)

  1. Obsolete form of mote.
    • 1603, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Othello, Act 1, Scene 3
      So that, dear lords, if I be left behind, / A moth of peace, and he go to the war, / The rites for which I love him are bereft me, / And I a heavy interim shall support / By his dear absence. Let me go with him.
  2. (dated) A liver spot, especially an irregular or feathery one.
    • 1895, Good Housekeeping, page 196, ISSN: 0731-3462
      To remove moth patches, wash the spots with a solution of common bicarbonate of soda and water several times a day, until the patches are removed, which will usually be in forty-eight hours.
    • 1999, R. L. Gupta, Directory of Diseases & Cures: In Homoeopathy, page 254, ISBN 8170215161.
      Craves for sour things, chalks and eggs, fatty people with light brown spots on the face or liver spots, moth patches on forehead and cheek.
    • 2005, J. D. Patil, Textbook of Applied Materia Medica, page 108, ISBN 8180565904.
      There are signs of liver affections as weakness, yellow complexion, liver spots, and moth spot like a saddle over the nose.



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