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

  • n. Any of various moths of the family Tineidae, whose larvae feed on wool, hair, fur, and feathers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An insect of the family Tineidae, feeding on textiles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a small moth of the genus Tinea. The most common species (Tinea flavifrontella) is yellowish white. The larvæ eat woolen goods, furs, feathers, etc. They live in tubular cases made of the material upon which they feed, fastened together with silk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name common to several moths of the genus Tinea, whose larvæ are destructive to woolen fabrics, feathers, furs, etc., upon which they feed, using the material also for the construction of the cases in which they assume the chrysalis state. See cut in next column.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of several small yellowish or buff-colored moths whose larvae eat organic matter e.g. woolens


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