from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any moth of the family Noctuidæ.


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  • Not a sound -- only once the faint cry of some wild animal in the far-off woods, and the flutter of a night-moth on the wing.

    Vera Nevill Or, Poor Wisdom's Chance

  • The night-moth flapped heavily against the small, square window-pane.

    Flint His Faults, His Friendships and His Fortunes

  • The gigantic night-moth gaped and shot forth tongues of fire -- a ghastly white flame, that contrasted strangely and horribly with the dense black cloud from which it issued.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844

  • Presently we saw the dark cloud rise gradually from behind the hills, completely clearing their summits, and then sweeping along until it hung over the valley, in form and appearance like some monstrous night-moth, resting the tips of its enormous wings on the mountains on either side.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844

  • It is a frightful terror-striking foe, that huge night-moth, which comes ever nearer, growing each moment bigger and blacker.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844

  • Wrapped in a large cloak which covered up her convent uniform, she looked, as compared with the gay girls around her, like a poor sombre night-moth, dazzled by the light, in company with other glittering creatures of the insect race, fluttering with graceful movements, transparent wings and shining corselets.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • Marie stole slowly, flutteringly, along the path, like a white night-moth out of the fields.

    O Pioneers!

  • For a few moments there was complete silence, so that one could plainly hear a night-moth desperately beating against the window-pane.


  • Some swimming frog, some terrified, hurrying mouse, or some great night-moth flopping down upon the dim water of a moonless night, would have lulled his suspicions and concealed the inescapable barb; and the master of the pool would have gone to swell the record of an ingenious conqueror.

    The Watchers of the Trails A Book of Animal Life

  • Like the wool ye might shear off a night-moth, an 'set an ould fairy to spin;

    Penelope's Irish Experiences


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