• (RP) IPA: /mɒθ/
  • (America) enPR: môth, IPA: /mɔθ/
  • (cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /mɑθ/, enPR: mŏth

moth (plural moths)

  1. A usually nocturnal insect of the order Lepidoptera, distinguished from butterflies by feather-like antennae.
  2. (figurative) Anything that gradually and silently eats, consumes, or wastes any other thing.
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moth (moths, present participle mothing; past and past participle mothed)

  1. (intransitive) To hunt for moths.
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  1. The plant Vigna aconitifolia, moth bean.
  • (Vigna aconitifolia) Turkish gram, mat bean, matki
  • German: Mattenbohne

moth (plural moths)

  1. Obsolete form of mote#English|mote.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [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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