<zoology> A genus of bombycid moths whose caterpillars (especially. Those of Orgyia leucostigma) are often very injurious to fruit trees and shade trees. The female is wingless.

Synonyms: vaporer moth.

Origin: NL, fr. Gr. The length of the outstretched arms. So named because, when at rest, it stretches forward its fore legs like arms.

(01 Mar 1998)

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