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  • n. Plural form of moth.


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  • My work on moths dealt with the predominate mode of conspecific mate recognition in moths, the sex pheromone system.

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  • As an example of adaptation via natural selection, the ratio of dark to light moths is presumed not to have changed (there were always both), the light colored ones just get eaten more often by birds, leaving mostly dark colored moths as survivors.

    Darwin's Defenders Go Neo-Lamarckian

  • And I believe that the glare of the electric lights, reflected in the sky, at night, does more to attract the moths from the country than the desire for worldly gain.

    Quebec of Yesterday and Quebec of Tomorrow

  • No wonder the Greeks called moths by the same name as the soul: psyche.


  • In the rain forest garden, "above the moths were the bananas, their ripped-up leaves moving like fingers, and below was the inky green of rain forest where arm-thick vines wound around trees with skins like elephants."

    The Call of the Wild

  • Moths that fly by day are not properly to be called moths; they do not excite that pleasant sense of dark autumn nights and ivy – blossom which the commonest yellow – underwing asleep in the shadow of the curtain never fails to rouse in us.

    The Death of the Moth, and other essays

  • Now the only light in the auditorium was caused by the glow of the vampire moths, and that glow illuminated nothing, as if the moths were the only bright creatures in the universe, and all else was forever darkness.

    An East Wind Coming

  • Hence epitomes have been called the moths of just history; they eat out the poetry of it.

    English literary criticism

  • So "mother's lamp" burned steadily, while the philosophers built a new heaven and earth by moonlight; and through all the metaphysical mists and philanthropic pyrotechnics of that period Sister Hope played her own little game of "throwing light," and none but the moths were the worse for it.

    Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature

  • And yet they are the trees of the Lord; the moths are his also, and the caring for them.

    The Hills of Hingham


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