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Bacillus thuringiensis

[thoo-rin-jee-en-sis] /θʊˌrɪn dʒiˈɛn sɪs/
noun
1.
a bacterium used in genetically altered form in the biological control of budworms, gypsy moth larvae, Japanese beetles, and other insect pests.
Abbreviation: B.t.
Origin of Bacillus thuringiensis
< New Latin (1915): Thuringian bacillus; so named in reference to its discovery in larvae of Mediterranean flour moths from a mill in Thuringia
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