• synonyms


  1. pink bollworm.
  2. corn earworm.
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Origin of bollworm

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; boll + worm
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Examples from the Web for bollworm

Historical Examples

  • The cotton crop of the country is threatened with root rot, the bollworm, and the boll weevil.

    State of the Union Addresses of Theodore Roosevelt

    Theodore Roosevelt

British Dictionary definitions for bollworm


  1. any of various moth caterpillars, such as Pectinophora (or Platyedra) gossypiella (pink bollworm), that feed on and destroy cotton bolls
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