One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two European moths with two or three whitish lines on the forewing.
('brown silver-line') a light brown moth whose larvae feed on bracken (Petrophora chlorosata, family Geometridae).
('silver-lines') a moth with mainly green forewings (genera Pseudoips and Bena, family Noctuidae).
- ‘The green silver-line is common in northern Europe.’
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