cankerworm

[ kang-ker-wurm ]
/ ˈkæŋ kərˌwɜrm /

noun

the striped, green caterpillar of any of several geometrid moths: a foliage pest of various fruit and shade trees, as Paleacrita vernata(spring cankerworm ) and Alsophila pometaria(fall cankerworm ).

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Origin of cankerworm

First recorded in 1520–30; canker + worm
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cankerworm
/ (ˈkæŋkəˌwɜːm) /

noun

the larva of either of two geometrid moths, Paleacrita vernata or Alsophila pometaria, which feed on and destroy fruit and shade trees in North America
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