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 for Magpie Moth
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Magpie \Mag"pie\, n. [OE. & Prov. E. magot pie, maggoty pie, fr.
     Mag, Maggot, equiv. to Margaret, and fr. F. Marquerite, and
     common name of the magpie. Marguerite is fr. L. margarita
     pearl, Gr. ?, prob. of Eastern origin. See Pie magpie, and
     cf. the analogous names Tomtit, and Jackdaw.] (Zool.)
     Any one of numerous species of the genus Pica and related
     genera, allied to the jays, but having a long graduated tail.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Any one of several black-and-white birds, such as
        Gymnorhina tibicen, not belonging to the genus Pica.
        [PJC]
  
     Note: The common European magpie ({Pica pica, or Pica
           caudata) is a black and white noisy and mischievous
           bird. It can be taught to speak. The American magpie
           ({Pica Hudsonica) is very similar. The yellow-belled
           magpie ({Pica Nuttalli) inhabits California. The blue
           magpie ({Cyanopolius Cooki) inhabits Spain. Other
           allied species are found in Asia. The Tasmanian and
           Australian magpies are crow shrikes, as the white
           magpie ({Gymnorhina organicum), the black magpie
           ({Strepera fuliginosa), and the Australian magpie
           ({Cracticus picatus).
           [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A talkative person; a chatterbox.
        [PJC]
  
     Magpie lark (Zool.), a common Australian bird ({Grallina
        picata), conspicuously marked with black and white; --
        called also little magpie.
  
     Magpie moth (Zool.), a black and white European geometrid
        moth ({Abraxas grossulariata); the harlequin moth. Its
        larva feeds on currant and gooseberry bushes.
        [1913 Webster]

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