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budworm

[buhd-wurm] /ˈbʌdˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
any of several lepidopterous larvae, especially the spruce budworm, that attack the buds of plants.
Origin of budworm
1840-1850
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50; bud1 + worm
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