MOTH, in entomology, any lepidopterous insect belonging to the division Heterocera, as distinguished from the Rhopalocera, or butterflies; formerly confined to the small nocturnal insect (belonging to the genus Tinea), which breeds in fur, clothes, etc. (see LEPIDOPTERA). The word in O Eng. is mo\\e, and corresponds to Ger. Motte.
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