the larva of a cosmopolitan noctuid moth, Heliothis zea, that is highly destructive to crops, especially corn, cotton, and tomato.
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- corn color,
- corn crake,
- corn dodger,
- corn dog,
- corn dolly,
- corn exchange,
- corn factor,
- corn flour,
- corn gluten,
- corn grits
Origin of corn earworm
An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
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US the larva of the noctuid moth Heliothis armigera, which feeds on maize and many other crop plantsSee also bollworm
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