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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Moth

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Moth. By the Hebrew word, we are certainly to understand some species of clothes-moth, (tinea). Reference to the destructive habits of the clothes-moth is made in Job 4:19; Job 13:28; Psalms 39:11; etc.

(The moth is a well-known insect, which in its caterpillar state is very destructive to woollen clothing, furs, etc. The egg of the moth, being deposited on the fur or cloth, produces a very small shining insect, which immediately forms a house for itself by cuttings from the cloth. It eats away the nap, and finally ruins the fabric. There are more than 1500 species of moths. - McClintock and Strong's Cyclopedia).

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Moth'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/m/moth.html. 1901.

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