- the larva of a fruit fly, Rhagoletis pomonella, that burrows through apples, forming tunnels that sometimes appear on the skin as faint depressions or darkened trails: a serious pest of apples in colder regions of North America.
Origin of railroad worm
First recorded in 1905–10
Also called apple maggot.
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