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a moth (1)

Etymology 1Edit

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

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Singular: moth

Plural: moths

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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”, in 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.
  2. (figuratively) Anything that gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing.
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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 2Edit

 
moth beans

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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Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

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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