American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A moth of the family Tortricidae; a tortricid.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In herpetology:
- n. The typical genus of Tortricidæ: same as Ilysia. T. scytale is the coralsnake of Demerara.
- n. A snake of this genus.
- n. In entomology:
- n. A genus of moths, typical of the family Tortricidæ.
- n. Any moth of the family Tortricidæ: as, the cherry-tree tortrix, Cacœcia cerasivorana.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of small moths of the family
Tortricidæ, the larvæ of which usually roll up the leaves of plants on which they live; -- also called leaf roller.
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of tropical short-tailed snakes, which are not venomous. One species (Tortrix scytalæ) is handsomely banded with black, and is sometimes worn alive by the natives of Brazil for a necklace.
- n. small Indian moth infesting e.g. tea and coffee plants
- n. California moth whose larvae live in especially oranges
- From the genus name. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Tortrīx, genus name, from Latin *tortrīx, one that twists, from tortus, past participle of torquēre, to twist; see tortuous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The green oak tortrix moth – whose caterpillars race to consume the soft, pale greenery of the young oak leaves.”
“Oak tortrix (fat, green, black-spotted) and mottled umber caterpillars (black, brown and yellow mottled) are abundant.”
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