corn earworm


noun

the larva of a cosmopolitan noctuid moth, Heliothis zea, that is highly destructive to crops, especially corn, cotton, and tomato.

Nearby words

  1. corn color,
  2. corn crake,
  3. corn dodger,
  4. corn dog,
  5. corn dolly,
  6. corn exchange,
  7. corn factor,
  8. corn flour,
  9. corn gluten,
  10. corn grits

Origin of corn earworm

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805


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British Dictionary definitions for corn earworm

corn earworm

noun

US the larva of the noctuid moth Heliothis armigera, which feeds on maize and many other crop plantsSee also bollworm
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