clothes moth definition

  • noun:
    • any one of numerous moths for the family members Tineidae, whose larvae feast upon wool, hair, fur, and feathers.
    • An insect associated with household Tineidae, feeding on textiles.
    • A name common to several moths of this genus Tinea, whose larvæ are destructive to woolen materials, feathers, furs, etc., upon which they feed, with the product in addition for building associated with situations in which they believe the chrysalis condition. See cut-in next line.
    • any of several tiny yellow or buff-colored moths whoever larvae consume natural matter e.g. woolens
  • noun-plural:
    • a little moth of genus Tinea. The most typical species (Tinea flavifrontella) is yellowish white. The larvæ consume woolen products, furs, feathers, an such like. They live-in tubular situations made of the material upon which they supply, fastened along with silk.

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