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Moth. n.s. [moð, Saxon.] A small winged insect that eats cloths and hangings.

All the yarn Penelope spun in Ulysses's absence, did but fill Ithaca full of moths. Shakespeare's Coriolanus.

Every soldier in the wars should do as every sick man in his bed, wash every moth out of his conscience. Shakesp.

He as a rotten thing consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten. Job xiii. 28.

Let moths through pages eat their way,
Your wars, your loves, your praises be forgot,
And make of all an universal blot.
Dryden's Juv.

Sources: Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry V (66) · The Bible - Job (27)

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