Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large North American silkworm moth (Hyalophora cecropia) having wings with red, white, and black markings.

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  • n. North American silkworm moth; larvae feed on the leaves of forest trees

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin cecropia, specific epithet, from Latin, feminine of Cecropius, Athenian, from Greek Kekropios, from Kekrops, Cecrops, a legendary Athenian knight.

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