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budworm

[ buhd-wurm ]
/ ˈbʌdˌwɜrm /
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noun

any of several lepidopterous larvae, especially the spruce budworm, that attack the buds of plants.

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Origin of budworm

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; bud1 + worm
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