miller moth

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miller moth (plural miller moths)

  1. Any of several species of moths with pale, dusty wings
    • 1890, Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing, Jan of the Windmill: A Story of the Plains, page 29
      One of those small white moths, known as '• millers," went past him. […]. Even the miller-moth had gone.
    • 1894, Thomas Hardy, "The Superstitious Man's Story", in Life's Little Ironies: A Set of Tales, with […] A Few Crusted Characters.
      [H]e saw one of those great white miller's souls as we call 'em — that is to say, a miller-moth — come from William's open mouth while he slept, and fly straight away.
    • 1984, Steven Laurence Kaplan, Provisioning Paris: Merchants and Millers in the Grain and Flour Trade, page 284
      They caught a large moth called a miller for its dusty white wings, […] after which they crushed the miller-moth for his misdeeds.

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