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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of moths, of the family Epialidæ (or Cossidæ); the ghost-moths. Cossus ligniperda, one of the largest of the British moths, is called the goat-moth, from the disagreeable hircine odor of the larvæ; it expands 3 to 3¼ inches, and is of variegated coloration.
- n. [lowercase] Same as acne.
“The odor is mild and not unpleasant like that of a closely related species, _H. cossus_.”
“It takes but a moment to draw it out; and if it be a pupa near the bark, so much the better for the aye-aye, so much the worse for the beetle or cossus.”
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