from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The attraction of male insects to a captive female.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The practice of attracting the males of Lepidoptera or other insects by exposing the female confined in a cage.

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  • noun zoology The practice of attracting the males of Lepidoptera or other insects by exposing the female confined in a cage (as by collectors wishing to procure specimens).


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  • Citizen White had at - tempted to fool Bane into thinking he was back in Phaze, by putting him-and Agape-into a setting re - sembling Phaze, and emulating the magical effects.

    Robot Adept Anthony, Piers 1988

  • The gorilloid halted, shivered, looked around in something re - sembling bewilderment, and retreated.

    Trader To The Stars Anderson, Poul, 1926-2001 1964

  • The hawk on the discarded helm stared at Simon glassily, its beautifully wrought metallic plumage re - sembling true feathers.

    Witch World Norton, Andre 1963

  • Assembling: gathering together; applied when a virgin female is exposed to attract such males as may be near, either to secure a pairing or merely to obtain specimens; also called sembling.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology John. B. Smith

  • Its pave was a greenish-blue stone re-sembling lapis lazuli.

    The Moon Pool 1919

  • [Page 47] sembling a handsome American boy, in honor of which the Mexicans have named him El Americano (the American).

    Six Months in Mexico 1888

  • Ah hypocrite, Ah hedgecreeper, Ah 'sembling wretch!

    A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 2 William Carew Hazlitt 1873

  • After that, Anderson suggests as sembling a team to look for "preincident indicators," such as a stranger who ap pears nervous, avoids eye contact and cuts casual conversation short.

    unknown title 2009

  • The symbol is a small, square-shaped mark re - sembling a checkerboard.

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows Batjaa_sh 2009

  • The maintaining of the liberty of the kingdom, and the as - sembling ol "the states."

    Sermons translated from the original French of the late Rev. James Saurin, pastor of the French church at the Hague 1812


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