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

  • n. A large, pale-green North American moth (Actias luna) having elongated, taillike hind wings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large, green American moth, Actias luna, that has crescent-shaped marks on its wings

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a very large and beautiful American moth (Actias luna). Its wings are delicate light green, with a stripe of purple along the front edge of the anterior wings, the other margins being edged with pale yellow. Each wing has a lunate spot surrounded by rings of light yellow, blue, and black. The caterpillar commonly feeds on the hickory, sassafras, and maple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large bombycid moth, Actias luna, the most beautiful of North American insects, of a light-green color relieved by luniform eye-spots and by a broad purplish-brown or liliaceous anterior border.

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

  • n. large pale-green American moth with long-tailed hind wings and a yellow crescent-shaped mark on each forewing


New Latin l┼źna, species name, from Latin, moon; see lunar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • It was painted sky blue to discourage insects, but a pale green luna moth fluttered against it.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • Then presently a passing luna moth flashed open its great eye-spotted wings directly in front of Inman's nose, and he had mistaken it for some bizarre green dreamface thrust suddenly at him out of the dark with a message to speak.

    Cold Mountain


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