American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of egger.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See egger.
- n. Any moth of the family Lasiocampidae.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any bombycid moth of the genera Eriogaster and Lasiocampa
- n. moth having nonfunctional mouthparts as adults; larvae feed on tree foliage and spin egg-shaped cocoons
“Call me not an entomologist, call me a lepidopterist, if you will -- though, really, that is too broad a term for a man who is not so much taken up with moths generally as with the third ring of the antennæ of the great oak-eggar.”
“It is noteworthy that in these short-lived insects the male is often provided with elaborate sense-organs which, we may believe, assist him to find a mate with as little delay as possible; the male may-fly has especially complex eyes, while the feelers of the male silk-moth or eggar are comb-like or feathery, the branches bearing thousands of sensory hairs.”
“Scarce butterflies found include the high brown fritillary, small eggar and blotched emerald.”
“But the young collector must remember that it does not by any means follow that because he captures a female, say an 'Oak eggar,' on the wing in the evening, he has detected the time of flight of the males.”
Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling and artistic taxidermy.
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