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armyworm

[ahr-mee-wurm]
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noun
  1. the caterpillar of a noctuid moth, Pseudaletia unipuncta, that often travels in large numbers over a region, destroying crops of wheat, corn, etc.
  2. any of the larvae of several related moths having similar habits.
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Origin of armyworm

An Americanism dating back to 1735–45; army + worm
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British Dictionary definitions for army worm

army worm

noun
  1. the caterpillar of a widely distributed noctuid moth, Leucania unipuncta, which travels in vast hordes and is a serious pest of cereal crops in North America
  2. any of various similar caterpillars
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