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MOTH: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "moth"

The concept of "moth" in ASL is generally spelled upon first usage and can be followed by doing a palm forward version sign for "butterfly" with the thumbs touching at the thumbtips.

You may see some people spell the sign moth and then do the sign BUTTERFLY.   From that point on in the conversation if the person does the "butterfly" sign it will generally be understood as meaning "the moth," "that moth," or "moths." 

If a story is being told about both "butterflies" and "moths" then the BUTTERFLY sign would default to meaning "butterfly" and you would fingerspell M-O-T-H or do MOTH palm forward.

I'm sure that if you asked "enough" people how to sign "MOTH" eventually you'd come across a person who uses "Signed English."  That person might tell you that the sign for "moth" is to do the sign for "butterfly" but instead use "M" hands. I do not recommend you do that. Sorry.

Next time I happen to come across my "Chinese Sign Language" dictionary I'll have to check to see the CSL sign for MOTH.  (I've noticed that the Chinese may perhaps have a larger set of established vocabulary for insects. It would be fun someday to research that.)







Sample sentence: LUNA MOTH NOT HAVE WHAT?




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