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/θʊˌrɪn dʒiˈɛn sɪs/
a bacterium used in genetically altered form in the biological control of budworms, gypsy moth larvae, Japanese beetles, and other insect pests.
(1915): Thuringian bacillus; so named in reference to its discovery in larvae of Mediterranean flour moths from a mill in Thuringia
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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