bollworm

[ bohl-wurm ]
/ ˈboʊlˌwɜrm /
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noun

Origin of bollworm

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

/ (ˈbəʊlˌwɜːm) /

noun

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

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