from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plume-moth; a moth of the family Alucitidæ or Pterophoridæ. See cut under plume-moth.
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It turns out, even when you're too small for a featherwing beetle to see, too small for a dust mite to notice, there are still things that will try to eat you.
Far overhead, the size of a pteranodon, a featherwing beetle, smallest of the insects, drifted along on its cushion of air, wings a throbbing blur, beyond it patches of blue sky in the green veil.