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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
in entomology, any lepidopterous insect belonging to the division Heterocera, as distinguished from the Rhopalocera, or butterflies; formerly confined to the small nocturnal insect (belonging to the genus Tinea), which breeds in fur, clothes, &c. (see LEPIDOPTERA). The word in 0 Eng. is moppe, and corresponds to Ger. Motte.
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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Moth'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/bri/m/moth.html. 1910.