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apple tree borer

noun
1.
Also called flatheaded apple tree borer. the larva of a metallic wood-boring beetle, Chrysobothris femorata, that bores into the wood of apple and other fruit trees.
2.
Also called roundheaded apple tree borer. the larva of a long-horned beetle, Saperda candida, that bores into the wood of apple and other fruit trees.
Origin of apple tree borer
1830-1840
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40
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