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leaf roller

or leaf·roll·er

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noun
  1. any of several insects, especially moths of the family Tortricidae, the larvae of which form a nest by rolling and tying leaves with spun silk.

Origin of leaf roller

First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for leaf roller

Historical Examples

  • My trees are troubled with canker-worm, tent-caterpillar, flathead borer, and leaf-roller.

    The Apple

    Various

  • My old trees are affected with flathead borer and leaf-roller.

    The Apple

    Various

  • We have some leaf-roller, fall web-worm, and codling-moth, but have never sprayed any.

    The Apple

    Various

  • Trees are troubled with flathead borer and leaf-roller, and my apples with codling-moth.

    The Apple

    Various

  • My trees are troubled with twig-borer, canker-worm, and leaf-roller, and my fruit with codling-moth.

    The Apple

    Various


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