- the caterpillar of any of several noctuid moths, which feeds at night on the stems of young plants, cutting them off at the ground.
Origin of cutworm
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Examples from the Web for cutworm
Because this food source could abruptly disappear at any time, cutworm moths cannot be counted on to replace pine nuts.
And, always, global warming could push the cutworm moths north, out of the park, by heating up the region.
If a cutworm chances to be fenced in, he will show himself by cutting off a plant.Soil Culture
J. H. Walden
One for the blackbird, One for the crow, One for the cutworm, Two to grow.Adventures In Friendship
One that he specially likes is the cutworm, which has a bad way of biting off young plants.The Children's Book of Birds
Olive Thorne Miller
No, let the cutworm work his will, and let the brown-tailed moth corrupt; I must take refuge in flight, however inglorious.The Romance of an Old Fool
No cutworm shall get a blighty one from our cherished baccy pouch.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694]
Christopher Darlington Morley
- the caterpillar of various noctuid moths, esp those of the genus Argrotis, which is a pest of young crop plants in North America
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