- 3a moth or butterfly which bears crescent-shaped markings on the wings, in particular:
- an orange or brown American butterfly with a silvery mark on the underside of the hindwing (genus Phyciodes, subfamily Melitaeinae, family Nymphalidae). a brownish European moth with a pale mark on the forewing (several species in the family Noctuidae, in particular Celaena leucostigma).
late Middle English cressant, from Old French creissant, from Latin crescere 'grow'. The spelling change in the 17th century was due to the influence of the Latin
Remember that crescent has -sc- in the middle.
the silver curve of the crescent moon.