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cankerworm

[kang-ker-wurm] /ˈkæŋ kərˌwɜrm/
noun
1.
the striped, green caterpillar of any of several geometrid moths: a foliage pest of various fruit and shade trees, as Paleacrita vernata (spring cankerworm) and Alsophila pometaria (fall cankerworm)
Origin of cankerworm
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; canker + worm
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  • Paris society, I know for a fact; has many such a cankerworm in its heart.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • Sickness, like a cankerworm, was gnawing at her life, and dragging her towards the tomb.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • cankerworm, a worm which is very destructive to trees and plants.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher
  • Then surely would the years eaten by the cankerworm be given back!

  • I want to see child-faces—even if they can be clouded by envy's cankerworm!

    Lucky Pehr August Strindberg
  • Her son was not, and her fair daughter was withering before her, as a flower on which the cankerworm had fixed its teeth.

  • These birds also eat immense numbers of cankerworm eggs before they hatch into worms.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Nearly all the common birds feed freely upon the cankerworm, and benefit the orchard in so doing.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Throughout the winter a single chickadee will destroy great numbers of the eggs of the cankerworm moth and of the plant louse.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Raupenleim: a patented sticky substance used to catch the cankerworm.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
British Dictionary definitions for cankerworm

cankerworm

/ˈkæŋkəˌwɜːm/
noun
1.
the larva of either of two geometrid moths, Paleacrita vernata or Alsophila pometaria, which feed on and destroy fruit and shade trees in North America
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