bollworm

[bohl-wurm]

Origin of bollworm

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; boll + worm
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bollworm

noun
  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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