from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To eat or prey upon, as a moth eats a garment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To eat or prey upon, as a moth eats a garment: only in the past participle.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
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