GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) any moth of the genus Cossus, esp. the large European species (Cossus ligniperda), the larva of which burrows in oak and willow trees, and requires three years to mature. It exhales an odor like that of the he-goat.
“This, explained Barry, was a goat moth tree, host to the big wood-boring larvae; these live in galleries inside the sapwood for four years before pupating and emerging as adult moths.”
“Generations of goat moth larvae had stag-headed and deformed the oak.”
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