from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A notable genus of noctuid moths, having the body stout, the proboscis rather long, the abdomen crested, and the fore wings as a rale partly gilded or silvery.
- n. [lowercase] A member of this genus; especially, in the United States, P. brassicæ known as the cabbage-plusia.
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Joe was telling Trevor about Dewick’s plusia, a rare Essex speciality named after Bob Dewick of Bradwell-on-Sea, a member of the Essex Moth Group who maintains the world’s biggest moth-trap, built of brick, with a fan to suck the moths in.