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European corn borer

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Origin of European corn borer

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20

corn borer

noun
  1. any of several pyralid moths, as Pyrausta (ostrinia) nubilalis (European corn borer), the larvae of which bore into the stem and crown of corn and other plants.
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Origin of corn borer

First recorded in 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for european corn borer

corn borer

noun
  1. the larva of the pyralid moth Pyrausta nubilalis, native to S and Central Europe: in E North America a serious pest of maize
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